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Game 77 Preview: WBS Penguins @ Syracuse

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Corey Potter has been producing offensively the last few weeks. Just what the doctor ordered: More defensemen getting on the score sheet.

The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins finish their three game weekend with an afternoon matinee in Syracuse against the Crunch. After capturing the Macgregor Kilpatrick trophy last night, the Pens look to continue their success and go 3-0 this weekend. The Crunch are coming off a 3-0 loss to Adirondack last night and although they won't be making the post season, they will be looking to disrupt any momentum the Pens may be building.

I will be at the game in Syracuse and will "live tweet" from @H_P_Hockey if possible. The game thread will be up at 2:30 for those to chat during the game.




The Basics
Syracuse: 76 games played, 6th East Division, 32-37-3-4, 71 points
WBS Penguins: 76 games played, 1st East Division, 55-20-0-1, 111 points

Season Series: Syracuse leads 3-2
Previous 10 games - SYR: 8-2-0-0  WBS: 8-2-0-0

Players to Watch
Syracuse: Patrick Maroon and Kyle Palmieri lead the Crunch's offensive attack. Palmieri leads the team with 27 goals, including a hat trick on Friday night against Binghamton. The Crunch have been playing much better lately and have played well against the Pens this season.

WBS: Keven Veilleux has four points in his last three games (2G, 2A). His linemates Geoff Walker, who scored the game winner last night, and captain Ryan Craig should also be a factor in the outcome of tonight's game. I've also liked the way Nick Petersen has played lately since being paired with Paul Thompson and Zach Sill.

Final Thoughts
The Crunch have played the Penguins tough this year and I expect much of the same in this afternoon's contest. Although the game doesn't mean anything for the Penguins in the standings, hopefully they will still put forth a good effort and leave Syracuse with two points.

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