PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/14/23
Intensity, urgency picking up with Penguins taking on three Division foes this week
WEEKLY – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (20-20-2-4) aims to snap skid against Hershey, Lehigh Valley and Bridgeport
Penguins Weekly Rewind
Friday, Feb. 10 – PENGUINS 3 at Providence 4 (SO)
In the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home set, the Penguins fell short in a seven-round shootout against the division-leading Bruins. Tyler Sikura and Valtteri Puustinen scored power-play goals for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, while Jon Lizotte earned his first tally of the season.
Saturday, Feb. 11 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Providence 3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence went head-to-head again with the P-Bruins barely pulling out the win again. Puustinen found the back of the net during a man advantage in the first period, but Providence countered with a trio of power-play goals. The Bruins notched the game-winner with 6:09 left in regulation, followed by a power-play empty netter.
The Weekly Ahead
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – PENGUINS vs. Hershey
The Penguins and Bears square off for the 11th time this season, but the first time in over a month. Hershey has lost to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton five times, more than any other team in the league.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS at Lehigh Valley
After a rare Friday off, the first of six remaining matchups between the Penguins and Phantoms takes place at PPL Center. Lehigh Valley has caught fire recently, winning eight of its last 10 games. All-Star forward Tyson Foerster posted four goals in his last two games against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS vs. Bridgeport
With both the Penguins and Islanders currently on the outside looking in at an air-tight Atlantic Division playoff race, Sunday afternoon’s matinée has a lot hanging in the balance. The Pens have emerged victorious in each of its last two meetings against the Isles, but the season series is even at 2-2-0-0.
– Valtteri Puustinen has 10 power-play goals, leading the Atlantic Division and placing him third in the AHL.
– Dating back to last season, Puustinen now has six goals in his last six games against Providence.
– Alex Nylander has 12 points (5G-7A) in his last 12 games.
– Tyler Sikura has 10 points (2G-8A) in his last 11 games.
– Jamie Devane returned from injury on Saturday, playing his first game since Jan. 20.
– Wednesday is Taylor Gauthier’s 22nd birthday.
* = rookie
x = currently with Pittsburgh
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Feb. 15 Hershey Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 18 Lehigh Valley PPL Center 7:05 p.m.
Sun, Feb. 19 Bridgeport Mohegan Sun Arena 3:05 p.m.