This game should be another battle as the Penguins not only played the last two nights on the road, with travel, etc. but also played two long games since both went all the way to the shootout. The tank has to be nearing empty. Add in the fact that Worcester was off last night, and it could be a long afternoon.
It will be interesting to see who gets the start in goal today, as Hynes alluded earlier in the week that Brad Thiessen had started all those games in a row (ten, I believe) because he was winning and that he was going to ride the hot goaltender. Well after Scott Munroe got the shutout on Tuesday, he started Friday and lost. Thiessen lost last night so do the Penguins go back to Munroe?
I would expect Cody Wild to be back in the lineup for Alex Grant, as Grant looked out of place at times and had some bad first touches on the puck in his own zone. As for Nick Petersen, who was scratched in favor of Paul Thompson last night, he should re-enter the lineup today but possibly for a different forward depending on if anyone is banged up or sore from the past two games.
By the Numbers
WBS Penguins: 17 games played, 10-3-1-3, 24 points - First Place East Division
Worcester: 13 games played, 5-4-2-2, 14 points - Fifth Place Atlantic Division
Scott Munroe: (1-1-2), 1.83 GAA, .923 SV% vs. Harri Sateri (3-3), 2.79 GAA, .906 SV%
News and Notes
- Ben Street has been on a tear since Ryan Craig has returned to the lineup. Street has 11 points (4G-7A) in his last six games. He was named the AHL's Player of the Week this past week.
- Jason Williams has points in his last four games (1G-4A) and will look to extend his points streak to five games today.
- The month of November has not been kind to Bryan Lerg, who is pointless in his last three games and only has two points (0G-2A) in eight games this month.