Chirps from Center Ice

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

Before the Weekend, Award of Caution

The AHL has been announcing awards this week and Matt Murray has won pretty much every one he has been eligible for.

Earlier this week, Murray was named the AHL’s Most Outstanding Rookie. This goes with his prior nominations to the 2014-15 AHL All-Rookie Team and the 2014-15 AHL First Team All-Star.

Today, he was named the AHL’s Most Outstanding Goalie.

You don’t need me to tell you what Murray has accomplished this season. Nearly every statistical category that Murray has gone up against he has broken. And not by a little, he’s basically taken a sledgehammer and shattered the records to pieces.

He still has three more games to bust up some more of the smaller fragments of what used to be AHL records.

The AHL still has yet to hand out its regular season MVP award. Cases can be made for other mortals, but the AHL’s players and media who vote on these end of year awards would be hard pressed not to give the award to Murray, hell, he has won everything else.

Outside of Murray’s crease, Coal Street added more insurance pieces.

First, Scott Wilson was recalled to Pittsburgh. He was the only forward recalled. As you know, Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington went up Sunday.

The Penguins added Jaden Lindo, Pittsburgh’s 2014 sith round pick, to an Amateur Tryout Agreement. The vibe picked up by Jonathan is that Lindo isn’t expected to get into any games.

The Penguins also added Sean Escobedo to a Professional Tryout Agreement. Escobedo is an ECHL’er, wrapping up his season with the Greenville Road Warriors. Jonathan had a dossier of Escobedo’s play in his Wednesday update.

The Penguins clinched a playoff spot last week, but their seeding and whether or not they can win the East Division remains up in the air.

Hershey lost to Lehigh Valley 4-1 on Tuesday. The Bears have a three point lead (96) on the Penguins (93) and have two games left to play, Friday and Saturday against Binghamton and Lehigh Valley, respectively.

The Penguins have three games left, two at home against Albany and Norfolk and then Sunday in Allentown against the Phantoms.

Seeding wise, the Penguins can finish as high as second but no lower than sixth. Right now, they have a two point lead over fifth place Syracuse (who has two games left) and a four point lead over sixth place Providence (three games left) and have the tie breaker (regulation or overtime wins) over every team they are competing with for seeding.

The Penguins need two more points to wrap up a finish of no less than fourth. That is because Syracuse and Providence can only max out 95 points.

It is becoming highly unlikely that the Penguins and Bears meet in the first round. The Penguins would need to lose out and Syracuse or Providence would need to finish a point ahead of Wilkes-Barre to drop them to sixth. Hershey would also need to finish third, but the Bears would only need a point more to finish no higher than second, because they are five points up on third place Hartford (91 points, three games left) and the Wolf Pack can only max out at 97 points and the Bears own the tie breaker. Hershey would need to lose out and have Hartford win out in order to get passed for second.

My head hurts.

The picture will get clearer as the weekend goes on. First things first though, the Albany Devils. Gameday for this hits the blog Friday at 3 p.m.

Let’s Go Pens!

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