PENGUINS WEEKLY – 2/21/23
Military Appreciation Night presented by MetLife this Saturday
WEEKLY – Penguins (21-21-2-5) look to finish February strong against Phantoms, Crunch and Senators
Penguins Weekly Rewind
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Hershey 2 (OT)
Valtteri Puustinen played the hero for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring the game-winner in overtime. Drake Caggiula and Filip Hållander scored the Penguins’ goals in regulation, while Taylor Gauthier recorded 34 saves on his 22nd birthday.
Saturday, Feb. 18 – PENGUINS 3 at Lehigh Valley 4 (SO)
Puustinen and Alex Nylander both reached the 20-goal mark on Saturday, but the third-period rally by the Phantoms forced another OT. Lehigh Valley’s Bobby Brink scored the lone shootout goal, ending the marathon contest that lasted two hours and 50 minutes.
Sunday, Feb. 19 – PENGUINS 1 vs. Bridgeport 2
All three goals in this game occurred in the first half of the first period. Nylander notched another power-play goal for the Penguins, but the Isles survived a third-period surge to sneak away with the narrow victory.
The Weekly Ahead
Wednesday, Feb. 22 – PENGUINS vs. Lehigh Valley
The Penguins and Phantoms will go at it again on the Pens’ home ice. Lehigh Valley has won three in a row against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and is 2-0-0-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Friday, Feb. 24 – PENGUINS at Syracuse
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse go head-to-head for the second time this season, but the first time on the Crunch’s home ice. The Crunch recently snapped a five-game losing streak, including an eight-goal outburst on Saturday.
Saturday, Feb. 25 – PENGUINS vs. Belleville
A fiery crowd will fill Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday as the Pens host Military Appreciation Night. Belleville ranks last in the North Division, but has kept its playoff hopes alive by winning three of its last four.
– Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is one of two teams in the AHL and the lone team in the Eastern Conference with two 20+ goal scorers (A. Nylander, V. Puustinen).
– Valtteri Puustinen has 11 power-play goals, tied for second in the AHL.
– Through seven games in February, the Penguins’ power play is 9-for-32 (28.1%).
– Alex Nylander has 16 points (7G-9A) in his last 15 games.
– Since returning from injury on Jan. 27, Taylor Gauthier has a 2.29 goals against average and .928 save percentage.
* = rookie
x = currently with Pittsburgh
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Feb. 22 Lehigh Valley Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Fri, Feb. 24 Syracuse Upstate Medical Univ. Arena 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Feb. 25 Belleville Mohegan Sun Arena 6:05 p.m.
Mon, Feb. 20 (G) Dustin Tokarski Reassigned from PIT