SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds will probably want to put the month of January behind them.  After suffering heartbreaking losses by one goal and only winning three times throughout the entire month, they are hoping to turn the month of February around and make a push for a run at the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs. The Thunderbirds will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the Providence Bruins this evening.

It will be the seventh meeting between these two teams.  Providence came out of Springfield with a 1-0 win back on January 14th.

The Thunderbirds need to gain some ground as they are 12 points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. The Thunderbirds will play against the Sound Tigers tomorrow night and Tuesday at Webster Bank Arena.

It was a busy week of transactions.  The Florida Panthers announced that they have assigned Jared McCann and Dylan Mcllrath to the Thunderbirds.

McCann played 29 games with the Panthers and 15 games with the Thunderbirds during the 2016-17 year.  McCann registered seven points with the Panthers with a goal and six assists while on the other hand, recording six points with the Thunderbirds with four goals and two assists.

Mcllrath has played in six games with the Thunderbirds during a conditioning assignment and registered a goal and an assist.

The Thunderbirds called up defenseman Eddie Wittchow and assigned Dryden Hunt, Tim Bozon, and Thomas Schemitsch to the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL.

Wittchow has registered an assist with the Thunderbirds in 13 games.

In 39 games for Hunt during the 2016-17 campaign, he has registered 12 points with five goals and seven assists.

Bozon has registered seven goals and seven assists in 36 games for the Thunderbirds.

Schemitsch has registered two assists with the Thunderbirds in 21 games.

The puck will drop tonight at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI at 7:05 PM EST.


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