Final Regular Season Record
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 51-20-3-2 (107 Points — First In Atlantic Division & Eastern Conference)
Providence Bruins: 43-23-6-5 (96 Points — 4th In Atlantic Division Fourth In Eastern Conference
Series Schedule: (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1- Friday, April 21 – Wilkes-Barre At PROVIDENCE 7:05 pm ET
Game 2- Sunday, April 23 – Wilkes-Barre At PROVIDENCE 3:05 pm ET
Game 3- Thursday, April 27 – Providence at WILKES-BARRE 7:05 pm ET
*Game 4- Friday, April 28 – Providence at WILKES-BARRE 7:05 pm ET
*Game 5- Sunday, April 30 – Providence at WILKES-BARRE 3:05 pm ET
Season Series Recap:
The Penguins took three out of five meetings against the Bruins
The Penguins took down the final meeting in Wilkes-Barre on April 9, when they scored two first period goals to win it 2-1. Cody Wydo and Jarrett Burton scored two first period goals enroute to the victory. Jake DeBrusk scored a third period goal but was too late for a comeback. Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith made 33 saves in the win and Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre made 27 saves in the loss.
Special teams could be key in this series. The baby Penguins finished the regular-season ranked 14th on the power play with 307 opportunities and only converting on 55 of those opportunities. Providence ranked 11th with 277 opportunities on the power play and converting on of 53 of those chances.
The penalty kill is good for both teams, with the teams ranking 1-2 in the AHL while shorthanded.
Goaltending could also be key. Casey DeSmith for the Penguins ranked number one overall in the AHL with a record of 21-5-3 and only given up 58 goals throughout the year. His goals against average during the regular season was 2.01, while his save percentage was .926. Zane McIntyre was right behind DeSmith, sporting a record of 21-6-2, only allowing 60 goals. McIntyre finished with a goals against average of 2.03 and save percentage of .930.
Offensively, Penguins right winger Tom Kostopoulos led the team in scoring after skating in 74 games and logging 54 points (24G, 30A.) Bruins right winger Jordan Szwarz led the baby Bruins in scoring with 22 goals and 32 assists for 54 points in 65 games.
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