#AHL Game Preview: #WBSPens Rematch #IceCaps at 6:00 P.M. EDT Tonight

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (WBS) are up in Newfoundland for a pair of special 6 p.m. EDT face-offs against the St. John's IceCaps (STJ) and the Pens need a response after a 5-0 loss to the IceCaps last night. This is final of four scheduled meetings between the two teams this season.

The Penguins need to dig deep and hope for a split in the weekend series if they can muster up enough offense to get the job done. The key for the Pens will be staying out of the box, playing structured defense and capitalizing on their own opportunities.

Jarome Samson scored a goal for the IceCaps last night, bringing his total to six points (2G-4A) in his last four games.

Tune into Highland Park Hockey on Twitter tonight for all the latest in-game updates of tonight's AHL action. The puck drops at 6:00 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. NDT). Roster notes, lineups and more after the jump.

By The Numbers

WBS: 13-6-1-2, 29 points - First Place East Division (3rd - East)
Last Ten Games: 5-4-1-0
STJ: 12-9-1-2, 27 points, Third Place Atlantic Division (7th - East)
Last Ten Games: 6-2-0-2

WBS Leading Scorers: Brian Gibbons (7G-17A), Tom Kostopoulos (8G-9A), Brendan Mikkelson (2G-12A)
STJ Leading Scorers: Eric O'Dell (11G-13A), Kael Mouillierat (5G-15A), Jason Jaffray (7G-10A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

WBS - Jeff Deslaukriers: 10-5-2, 2.41 GAA, .897 SV%, 0 SO
STJ - Eddie Pasquale: 10-8-1, 2.26 GAA, .923 SV%, 1 SO

  • With Harry Zolnierczyk called up to Pittsburgh, the AHL Penguins have just 12 healthy forwards on the active roster. Recent addition and Pittsburgh area native C.J. Severyn made his WBS debut last night centering the fourth line.
  • Reid McNeill has practiced with the team earlier this week. Whether or not he is ready to return from an upper body injury sustained last month in Syracuse remains to be seen. McNeill was listed as a healthy scratch last night. 
  • Harrison Ruopp and Peter Merth are also looking for ice time with Simon Despres up in the NHL.
  • WBS Expected Scratches: Reid McNeill, Nick Drazenovic, Dominik Uher, Harrison Ruopp and Adam Payerl.
Expected Lines

Thompson - Gibbons - Kostopoulos
Sylvester - Carman - Kuhnhackl
Zlobin - Manderson - Rowney
Farnham - Severyn - Leblond

Samuelsson - Dumoulin
Harrington - Mikkelson
D'Agostino - Merth


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