Chirps from Center Ice

A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins

Tuesday Notebook

With a whole week between games, there’s not much to blog about. One post down is an in depth look at some numbers between Providence and Wilkes-Barre that’s been up since Sunday. I probably won’t blog again until the Series Preview between the Pens and P-Bruins. But I managed to scrape together the following….

— Wilkes-Barre got help today in the form of Jayson Megna. He wasn’t seeing any playoff ice time with Pittsburgh, so they sent him to Wilkes-Barre where he will undoubtedly be inserted into the lineup for the Penguins.

Megna is an interesting case this year. I’ve sort of carried the schtick that he’s not my favorite player in spite of the fact that he has seen more NHL games (36) than AHL (25) this year. So with only 61 games played this season, you can bet that he’s going to be chomping at the bit to get into a game and knock some bodies around and hopefully score some goals in the process.

— Glens Falls will have a team again next season, in the form of Calgary prospects. The AHL’s Board of Governors approved the move Monday. Good that the League maintains a 30 team marriage with the 30 clubs in the NHL.

I thought about this and it’s been debated on Twitter, Facebook and beyond, where do you put the new Glens Falls team? The Eastern Conference? The Western Conference? Do you go 16 East teams and 14 West teams? Realignment is usually announced in July. I think that the AHL goes back to the four division format and adapts the same concept in the NHL presently.

— The Norfolk Admirals are becoming the unscratchable itch. They steal home ice away from the St. John’s IceCaps with a 3-1 win Tuesday. Goaltender John Gibson was stellar again for the Admirals, stopping 42 shots. Seemed like to me, if I was following the game the right way on Twitter, that Norfolk used, “bend but not break” and ground out a huge road victory. Gibson was beat on a deflection on the tail end of a power play and the Admirals answered right back minutes later. Game 2 is Wednesday.

Anaheim is in a battle with Los Angeles, currently down 2-0 in that series. If the Ducks do get bounced, they could get Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly and Rickard Rackell back from recall. That’s quite a calvary.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves in Wilkes-Barre, shall we?

The Pens / P-Bruins Series Preview will be up Thursday at noon.

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