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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
13 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
I put the following up on Facebook, but figured it’s too good to go there, so we blog.
Only I am in bed, sleeping. This is a scheduled blog for you night owls enjoying NHL playoff hockey, West Coast baseball, late night TV or something else…
Chris Conner was sent to Wilkes-Barre for conditioning. This puts the Pens at two over the veteran limit.
Jonathan reports that Reid McNeill is out this weekend with a lower body injury but will be ready for playoffs.
Binghamton burned their game in hand on the Penguins tonight. They lost in overtime to the Toronto Marlies 5-4. The B-Sens and Pens are now tied in points for the East Division lead.
Easiest way for the Penguins to win the division is win the next two games. They get the B-Sens Friday then Utica Saturday. The Comets were eliminated from playoffs today. If Bingo wins in regulation, because they have the tiebreaker on WBS, they are the East Division Champions.
Bingo gets Norfolk Saturday. The Admirals will have bussed in from Virginia the night before. They beat Hershey tonight 4-3 in regulation. If they do that again Friday in the rematch they eliminate the Bears.
The Albany Devils have clinched a playoff berth. Albany’s first since the old River Rats days. The Devils are going to be a tough out. I project them as a 6 seed, meaning that the East Division Champion (either WBS or Bingo) gets them round one in the 3-6 matchup.
It all may be meaningless, as the Texas Stars locked up the best record in the AHL tonight and are my odds on lock to represent the West in the Calder Cup Finals in June.
Unless something big breaks Thursday, next blog update comes Friday afternoon for the setup vs. Binghamton.
Now, go to bed already!