PENGUINS WEEKLY – 4/4/23
Penultimate home game leads directly to four-game road trip for Penguins
WEEKLY – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (25-28-7-6) bringing in youthful reinforcements late in regular season
Penguins Weekly Rewind
Wednesday, Mar. 29 – PENGUINS 3 vs. Providence 4 (SO)
Ty Smith returned from injury and earned a pair of assists in his return, while Valtteri Puustinen lit the lamp twice. The Bruins forced OT and notched the only goal of the shootout.
Friday, Mar. 31 – PENGUINS 2 vs. Lehigh Valley 4
Newcomers Jagger Joshua, Justin Lee and Owen Pickering all made their professional debuts in Allentown. However, Lehigh Valley rallied in the third to defeat the Pens. Drake Caggiula scored his eighth goal against the Phantoms this season.
Saturday, Apr. 1 – PIZZAS 3 vs. Syracuse 4 (OT)
For one night, the Penguins became the Old Forge Pizzas. Caggiula, Smith and Sam Houde baked up goals for Old Forge, but Alex Barré-Boulet unloaded four points for the visitors.
The Weekly Ahead
Wednesday, Apr. 5 – PENGUINS vs. Charlotte
In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s second-to-last home game it takes on the visiting Checkers. Both teams have identical 3-2-0-1 records during their season series.
Friday, Apr. 7 – PENGUINS at Providence
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence wrap their season series at the AMP. All but one of the previous five meetings were decided by one goal, with both of the last two requiring OT.
Saturday, Apr. 8 – PENGUINS at Bridgeport
Perhaps a critical matchup for the postseason, both the Pens and Islanders are on the outside of the playoffs as of today. The Penguins won their last visit to Bridgeport back in January, 3-2.
Monday, Apr. 10 – PENGUINS at Laval
Making up a postponed game from Dec. 23, the Penguins head back to Canada for a faceoff with the Laval Rocket. Back in October, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton secured its first win of the season by defeating the Rocket, 3-1, in Northeast PA.
– Ty Smith has two goals and two assists for four points in his three games since returning from injury.
– Drake Caggiula has 14 points (8G-6A) in his last 12 games, and he is currently on a career-best six-game point streak.
– Caggiula has scored first to start a game nine times this season, the second-most opening goals in the league.
– Of Taylor Gauthier’s 17 AHL starts, nine of those games have reached overtime.
– On Monday, the Penguins signed forward Justin Addamo to an AHL contract for the 2023-24 season.
* = rookie
x = currently with Pittsburgh
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Wed, Apr. 5 Charlotte Mohegan Sun Arena 7:05 p.m.
Fri, Apr. 7 Providence Amica Mutual Pavilion 7:05 p.m.
Sat, Apr. 8 Bridgeport Total Mortgage Arena 7:00 p.m.
Mon, Apr. 24 Laval Place Bell 7:00 p.m.
Mon, Apr. 3 (RW) Alex Nylander Reassigned from PIT
Tue, Apr. 4 (G) Joel Blomqvist Signed to ATO
Tue, Apr. 4 (LW) Jami Krannila Signed to ATO
Tue, Apr. 4 (D) Peter DiLiberatore Reassigned by PIT to WHL
Tue, Apr. 4 (D) Chris Ortiz Reassigned to WHL