Chirps from Center Ice

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

Thursday Roundup 3/3

A couple of things to get to as the Penguins begin a three-in-three weekend where they do not leave the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Defenseman Barry Goers is back, given the green light to play in games this weekend. It’s expected that if all goes well, Goers will play Friday in Lehigh Valley and Sunday home against Hershey. The initial plans are for Goers to not play in back to back games as he eases back into the lineup.

Dustin Jeffrey participated in his first Penguins practice Thursday at Coal Street…

Look for Jeffrey to center Kael Mouillierat and Dominik Simon this weekend. I have a sense that could be a dynamite pairing for the Penguins this weekend. With the Tom Kostopoulos and Carter Rowney chemistry, the Penguins could actually have two good lines that may generate offense this weekend.

Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli had an update on Conor Sheary.

Donatelli also mentioned that Tristan Jarry will start two of the three games this weekend in goal meaning that conceivably Brian Foster gets a game. I am thinking that is this is the case, give Foster the start tomorrow vs. Lehigh Valley and let Jarry start the back-to-backs against Hershey in the home and home Saturday and Sunday. Simply, the Penguins can’t allow to let Hershey get away from them if they are serious about overcoming the Bears again for the division lead. If Jarry starts tomorrow in Lehigh Valley then Foster is starting one of the two against Hershey and that will probably not bode well for the Penguins and likely signal the end of their pursuit of the division lead. at least in my opinion. I guess we all find out around 6:20 on Friday.

One more thing, the Penguins are sending Tyler Biggs, John McCarron, Harrison Ruopp and Clark Seymour to Wheeling this weekend. With the regulars starting to get healthy and some help coming back from Pittsburgh in the forms of Conor Sheary and Dustin Jeffrey, why keep an excess of bodies around when both Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre are going to be playing basically right next door to one another this weekend with the Nailers in Reading Friday and Saturday with the Pens in Allentown and Hershey on the same days.

Gameday setup for Friday’s meeting with Lehigh Valley will be on the blog tomorrow afternoon at 3.

Let’s Go Pens!

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