AHL Game 15 Preview: WB/S @ Hershey
7:00 at Giant Center
|Inside The Game|
|The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins ride a three game winning streak
into Hershey tonight, and oppose the offensively minded, first-place
The Penguins power play is clicking very well right now, as they maintain the 5th best PP in the AHL. Tonight should be an interesting special teams battle, as the Bears have the 4th best penalty killing unit.
Number one prospect Eric Tangradi is starting to get his feet wet, tallying 2 goals and 1 fight in his last 2 games played.
Keven Veilleux continues to impress himself, with 2 goals and 2 fights in his last 3 games.
Recently promoted defenseman Lane Caffaro has 2 fights in as many games, as does noted heavyweight Wade Brookbank.
Zach Sill is starting to solidify himself in the line-up on a more regular basis, with his overall solid play as well as scoring his first AHL goal two nights ago.
Luca Caputi has been the Penguins best player so far this season, and he continues to get better every game. One of Caputis’ weaknesses I mentioned from his rookie season was that he wasn’t playing with enough grit. Well this season, things have changed as he is finishing all of his checks and stirring things up. He has 2 goals and 2 assists in his last 2 games.
Ryan Bayda also continues to make a case for himself, leading the team in goals with 8, and playing a physical brand of hockey every night.
Rookie goaltender Brad Thiessen picked up his first career win last night against the Albany River Rats.
With Ben Lovejoy, Deryk Engelland, and Mark Letestu called up to the NHL, the Baby Pens will look to continue their recent success with a "depleted" line-up. Chris Conner was recently demoted from the NHL, and should be in the WB/S line-up tonight.
In ECHL news, the Wheeling Nailers defeated the Johnstown Chiefs last night by a final score of 4-3. Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored his 1st of the season to tie the game up with only minutes remaining in the third period, and Joey Haddad scored his 5th of the season in overtime to seal the win. Alex Grant assisted on the game winning goal.
|Penguins||14||8||4||2||18||2, East||4, Eastern||9, AHL|
|Bears||16||11||5||0||22||1, East||1, Eastern||3, AHL|
|*Called up to NHL
|Penguins||Injury / Note||Status|
Conditioning stint in Wheeling
|Note: Info up-to-date as of 7:05 pm, Saturday, November 14, 2009.|