Home Game: 15
AHL Game: 452
Who: Providence Bruins
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
When: 7:05 p.m.
Last Game: Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre against the Springfield Thunderbirds, Jake Guentzel recorded a hat trick and the Penguins won their seventh straight game. For Providence, they defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 4-3. The Bruins scored two third period goals en route to victory.
Last Meeting: November 12 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 3-1. J-S Dea, Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Guentzel all found the back of the net for the Penguins and Casey DeSmith stopped 28 of 29.
Record: For WBS: 21-5-3-0 (45 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For PRO: 17-7-4-3 (41 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)
Why you should care: Two of the hottest teams in the Eastern Conference meet Friday night in Wilkes-Barre. The Penguins come in winning seven straight games, Providence comes in with a 13-1-2-2 record in their last 18 games and have only lost one game in regulation in the month of December. Expect a battle tonight, either defensively, something like 2-1 or 3-2, or an offensive explosion, 6-5 of 8-7 in overtime, something like that.
Referee(s): Terry Koharski
Linesmen: Ryan Knapp / Bill Lyons
Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @WBSGameDay / @AHLBruins
Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins // /providencebruins
Instagram: wbspenguins / ahlbruins
Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TLTomVenesky / @MarkDivver
Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / PRO: The P-Bruins announcers are per diem.
Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep
Radio: For WBS: WILK NewsRadio / For Providence: WNRI 1380 AM
Television: AHL Live
Promotion(s): WBRE Fan Friday ($14 Tickets), Sticky Smart Wallet (First 5,000), Postgame Autographs, $2 Draft Beers (6-7:30 p.m.)
Other Game to Watch: Chicago hosts Milwaukee in a game between second (Milwaukee) and third (Chicago) in the Central Division.
Next Five Games: @ BNG 12/31, HFD 1/3, HER 1/6, BNG 1/7, @ HER 1/8