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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
74 days to go.
A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
With a whole week to go before Game 1 between the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins and the Providence Bruins on Friday night in Wilkes-Barre, there is a lot of time to sit back and breakdown the series. I really liked Joy’s charts from a week ago when she looked at the Penguins and B-Sens so I figured I would bring them back for the Pens and Bruins.
First the Penguins. Built by Joy, copied by me so that I can maintain them for the second round.
Click on the chart to enlarge for texture…[tweet https://twitter.com/PuckJoy/status/462635409969655808]
Point production…[tweet https://twitter.com/nafsnep/status/463091807883378688]
Now for Providence. I built this one myself using Joy’s template.[tweet https://twitter.com/nafsnep/status/463060696809238529]
P-Bruins point production…
So what’s it all mean?
— Get used to a lot of Ryan Spooner, Craig Cunningham, Matt Fraser, Seth Griffith, Zach Trotman, Nick Johnson and Joe Morrow. They are on the ice a lot when goals are scored. Trotman and Spooner are power play forces.
— John Hynes & Company are going to need to concoct a plan to shut down Seth Griffith, Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser.
— Bruce Cassidy and his crew are going to need to do the same for Tom Kostopoulos and Adam Payerl, who still haven’t been on the ice when the Penguins have had a goal scored against them. Same goes for Chuck Kobasew and Andrew Ebbett.
— The Penguins are going to benefit from home ice in this series. Just watch. Get a Providence defensemen out there like Moore or Casto stuck on an icing, Ebbett and Kobasew are jumping over the boards.
— I’d still like for Simon Despres to get going. No one seemed to mention Brendan Mikkelson at all during the Binghamton series. He was held without a point in the series. If he breaks out and Wilkes-Barre maintains production, watch out.
I still haven’t made a prediction for the series and won’t officially until Thursday here on the blog. I like what I see from both sides. Providence’s youth outlasted Springfield’s experience. After Game 2, Wilkes-Barre turned the tide on Binghamton in a big way in Games 3 and 4. Providence has a two headed monster in goal with Niklas Svedberg and Malcolm Subban. The Penguins are Peter Mannino and that’s it. I haven’t looked yet at power play and penalty kill numbers and other intangibles and have all week to do so.
I might be burning all of the candle before the night comes with this blog post, but I am sure I will come up with something this week to write about between now and Thursday.
But for now, I am going to ice my brain down. All these numbers crunching gave me a headache.
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