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Penguins vs. CheckersOctober 7th, 2017
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A fan blog about the AHL's Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins
AHL Game: 1082
Who: Portland Pirates
Where: Cross Insurance Arena
When: 7:00 p.m.
Last Game: Wednesday in Allentown vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Penguins won 3-0 and punched their ticket to the Calder Cup Playoffs for the thirteenth season in a row. Matt Murray made 30 saves for his AHL leading 12th shutout of the season and Kasperi Kapanen made his AHL debut with a goal and an assist. For Portland, the Pirates were in Manchester last night and lost 3-2 in a shootout. Mike McKenna stopped 29 of 31 for third star honors.
Last Meeting: February 13 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 3-0. Matt Murray had a 23 save shutout.
Record: For WBS: 41-23-3-4 (89 pts., 2nd place East Division) — For POR: 37-25-7-2 (83 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)
Why you should care: The Penguins sewed up the playoff spot Wednesday but they still have work to do if they want to enjoy home ice in the first round of the playoffs in a few weeks. Portland is going to give them a fight because the Pirates are fighting for their playoff lives also.
Referee(s): Darcy Burchell
Linesmen: Jeremy Lovett / Landon Bathe
Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep
Television: AHL Live
Other Game to Watch: Providence travels to Worcester tonight in a game that has playoff implications for both teams.
Remaining Games: @ POR 4/12, ALB 4/17, NOR 4/18, @ LV 4/19
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