Increasing Difficulty for Yucks
December 17, 2015
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He lasted the whole game last night and even recorded a shutout, his second in a row, but it was announced today after Penguins practice on Coal Street that Tristan Jarry will miss this weekends games with a lower body injury. Brian Foster will start tomorrow vs. the Toronto Marlies and will have Casey DeSmith as his backup.
Bob Rotruck is the Voice of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and had this to say about Jarry’s situation last night.
Seth had more with quotes from Penguins interim head coach Jay Leach after practice Thursday…
More from Seth here.
The Penguins play at home Friday against the Toronto Marlies and in Syracuse Saturday against the Syracuse Crunch before breaking for the Christmas holiday. The Penguins are back after Christmas in Hershey on December 26.
Alright, let’s get to the Toronto Marlies. The Penguins haven’t played the Marlies since 2014. Let’s take a look at them.
- They are first in the North Division and the second best team in the AHL percentage wise, only behind the Penguins. They have a record of 21-5-2-0.
- Ex-Penguins Scott Harrington and Kasperi Kapanen play for this team. Kapanen is actually with Finland for the World Juniors.
- T.J. Brennan leads AHL defenseman in points. In 27 games he’s 9-14-23.
- William Nylander leads the entire AHL in points. He’s basically setting the league on fire. In 26 games, he’s 14-20-34. That may partially be because the North Division is full of terrible teams like Syracuse, Binghamton and Rochester, or it may not. We don’t have long to find out for ourselves.
- Toronto is 13-1-1-0 on the road. The Pens are 12-2 at home.
- Whoever scores first tomorrow may win the game. Both the Penguins and Marlies are 15-1 when they score first.
- They aren’t great on the power play but have the third overall best penalty kill and are best in the road.
- They are the second best offense in the AHL scoring 3.89 goals per game. The Penguins have the third best offense in the AHL scoring 3.68 goals per game.
- The Penguins have the second best defense in the AHL only allowing 1.96 goals against. The Marlies are fourth best, only allowing 2.43 goals a game.
So it’s an even matchup on paper. The Toronto Marlies will be the best team that the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins have faced this season to date as will the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins will be the best team that the Toronto Marlies have faced to date.
Buy the ticket, hell they cost just $14 bucks tomorrow, and take the ride.
Gameday setup for this clash of Eastern Conference Titans hits the blog Friday at 3.