Penguins/IceCaps PREVIEW

Saturday, April 13, 2013
The Penguins play their first of two games at Mile One Centre against the IceCaps tonight at 6:00 p.m. EST*

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Expected Starting Goalies
Jeff Zatkoff (WBS): 25-19-0, 1.95 GAA, .920 SV%, 4 SO
Mark Dekanich (STJ): 15-13-0, 2.99 GAA, .898 SV%, 2 SO

Breaking Down the Matchup

PENGUINS (5th - EAST): 3rd Place East Division, 40-28-2-2 = 84 points
St. John's (14th - EAST): 5th Place Atlantic Division, 31-34-2-4 = 68 points

For the last five games of the regular season I'll put up the conference standings with the teams fighting for a playoff spot:

y - 1. Providence - 95 points, 5 games remaining
y - 2. Springfield - 93 points, 5 games remaining
x - 3. Syracuse - 91 points, 4 games remaining
x - 4. Binghamton - 89 points, 5 games remaining
5. PENGUINS - 84 points, 4 games remaining
6. Portland - 81 points, 5 games remaining
7. Connecticut - 78 points, 4 games remaining
8. Norfolk - 77 points, 5 games remaining
9. Hershey - 75 points, 5 games remaining
10. Manchester - 73 points, 5 games remaining
11. Bridgeport - 73 points, 4 games remaining
12. Albany - 71 points, 5 games remaining

Leading Scorers

PENGUINS: Chad Kolarik (28G, 35A), Trevor Smith (22G, 27A), Riley Holzapfel (19G, 30A)
St. John's: Eric O'Dell (28G, 24A), Jason Jaffray (15G, 29A), Kael Mouillierat (11G, 31A)

Win & They're In
The Penguins look to keep rolling in Newfoundland and clinch a playoff spot this weekend. Hershey's 3-2 loss to Providence last night moved the magic number from 4 down to 2 for the Penguins. So, for the Penguins to punch their ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs they need one of three things to happen:
a) A Penguins win, b) A Hershey loss, or c) A Penguins & Bears OTL/SOL
Two of the Penguins recent ATO's, defenseman Clark Seymour and goaltender Matt Murray, have gone home for the summer after coming in for a few days and learning what the pro ranks are about.

Newly acquired forward Derek Nesbitt did not make the trip to Newfoundland and won't play this weekend. Per Peoria beat writer Dave Eminian, Nesbitt is nursing a lower body injury. Eminian also added that the Rivermen were going to hold Nesbitt out the rest of the regular season so he can avoid veteran status next season. I would imagine the Pens would do the same, but time will tell.
Injured list: Tom Kuhnhackl (shoulder surgery - out for season), Phil Dupuis (out indefinitely since 1/15) and newly acquired Derek Nesbitt (lower body injury - day to day)

Healthy Scratches: Scott Darling, Reid McNeill, Christian Minella, Chris Barton, Steve MacIntyre and Harrison Ruopp

Expected lineup:

Holzapfel - Smith - Kolarik

Megna - Gibbons - Thompson

Collins - Peters - Payerl

Farnham - Sill -Uher

Reese - Dumoulin

Mormina -Samuelsson

Grant - Wild


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