AHL Game 52 Preview: Lake Erie Monsters @ WB/S Penguins
Graphic courtesy of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Game time is 7:05 PM.
The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins will ride a five game winning streak into Wednesday’s tilt with the Lake Erie Monsters at the Wachovia Arena, their third straight game in the midst of a five game home stand at that venue.
The Monsters are the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
Former Penguin captain Nathan Smith will return to the Wach for the first time since the Pens’ spirited run at the Calder Cup last spring, a charge that was ultimately squashed at the hands of Jason Krog and the Chicago Wolves. Smith had a largely successful year with Wilkes Barre, but his tenure there was marred by an ugly off-ice incident that saw him and teammate Ryan Stone arrested for indecent exposure and public drunkenness, respectively.
Winger Chris Durno leads Lake Erie with 12 goals and 17 assists on the year, and young center Phillipe Dupuis is in hot pursuit, posting 24 points of his own.
The Penguins have regained at least some measure of stability recently, as their NHL parents have gotten some players back from injury, allowing for the return of several regular fixtures in the WB/S lineup.
AHL Player of the Week John Curry, Dustin Jeffrey, Tim Wallace, Chris Minard, Luca Caputi, Bill Thomas, Paul Bissonnette, Connor James, Ben Lovejoy and Janne Pesonen have all spent time with Pittsburgh this season.
Fortunately for the minor leaguers, only Thomas, Caputi, and Minard are presently occupied in the NHL, leaving most of the team intact.
It will likely be Curry against Tyler Weiman in net.
Also of note, this game will be the second for standout defenseman Alex Goligoski this season with the Baby Pens, as he had spent the entire campaign in the NHL until he was a demoted last week.