Chirps from Center Ice

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

Is That a White Horse I See?

It’s rare that anything on social media stops me in my tracks.

That stopped me in my tracks on my way to lunch today.

Could it be, that Andrew Ebbett and Chuck Kobasew could be heading back into the lineup for Game 5 with Wilkes-Barre on the ropes, one loss away from the postseason?

Depends. Jonathan blogged today with quotes from Coach Hynes that nothing has changed as of yet.

Jonathan had a ton of good stuff in his post today which included a chart examining power play success with and without guys.

Anyway, the purpose of today’s post here is to refresh the charts I have been keeping. I’ve been keeping aggregate charts for both Wilkes-Barre and St. John’s as well as head-to-head ones. In updating these, I felt that the head-to-head charts would be more useful to share. I could update them all, but the easiest way for me to get these over here on the blog is to tweet them, and I really don’t feel like clogging up everyone’s timelines on a Friday afternoon with 8 separate tweets with 8 separate charts. If you’d like to see them, just tweet me and I’ll send you a copy. Otherwise, remember to click to enlarge for texture.

— Brendan Mikkelson is having a bad defensive series. On the ice for seven goals scored against and none for. He was 50% overall before the series started, and his total GF / GA percentage is 40.7%

— The total differentials show a lot of negatives. That 5-0 loss on Wednesday didn’t help.

— Imagine what Conor Sheary’s potential is going to be next season for Wilkes-Barre. His numbers defy logic.

— Wilkes-Barre should make it a point of business to try and re-sign Barry Goers. Undersized, my nose. He’s been a rock for Wilkes-Barre in the playoffs and has the top GF / GA percentage overall at 55.6%.

Now St. John’s…

— Basically the exact opposite percentage wise for Wilkes-Barre. Andrew Gordon and Will O’Neill are your big killers.

We will see what happens Saturday night. I think that the Penguins send this series back to St. John’s regardless of whether Ebbett or Kobasew play. Get one back increases those chances exponentially. Getting both back would be huge.

Gameday setup for game 5 hits the blog Saturday at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

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