Game 80 Preview: Adirondack @ WBS Penguins

Sunday, April 10, 2011
Bryan Lerg got some revenge on Braden Holtby last night, scoring with a rocket of a slapshot.

The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins close out their season this afternoon against the Adirondack Phantoms at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. It feels like not too long ago the Pens were just getting underway. What a season it has been for this team. Best record in the league, best goalie in the league and best coach in the league.

Before the puck drops at 3:00 p.m. EST, the team will have an award ceremony to honor some of the players for their achievements this season.

The Basics 
WBS Penguins: 79 games played, 1st East Division, 57-21-0-1, 115 points
Adirondack: 79 games playes, 7th East Division, 31-38-4-6, 72 points

Season Series: WBS Penguins lead 4-3
Previous 10 games - ADK: 7-3-0-0  WBS: 7-3-0-0

Players to Watch
ADK: Michael Ryan leads the Phantoms with 26 goals, while AHL veteran Denis Hamel has 25 goals in 65 games. Erik Gustafsson leads the Phantoms blueliners with five goals and 44 assists.

WBS: Brett Sterling has been inconsistent at times this season but hasn't shown that lately. Sterling leads the Pens with 27 goals and has scored in three straight games.

Final Thoughts
Not sure how who will play in the season finale, as both Hutchinson and Craig sat out of last night's contest. I'm not going to try to take a stab at the line combos but I do know that the suspended Keven Veilleux will not play. I would also expect that Geoff Walker and Bryan Lerg will be held out unless they are 100% ready to go. The same goes for Steve Wagner. After tonight the Pens will have a week off until they open up the first round of the playoffs at home on Friday and Saturday against either Norfolk or Binghamton.  If Norfolk wins, they will be the #4 seed. If Norfolk loses they will crossover into the Atlantic Division and the Senators will play the Pens.


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