Chirps from Center Ice

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

The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

It’s getting tighter in the Atlantic Division. Remember a few weeks ago when the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins had an 11 point lead on second place and the Hershey Bears were floundering around four points out of a playoff spot?

All of that changed, quickly.

The idle Penguins on Wednesday night saw the Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 in a shootout to draw within a point of the Penguins for the division lead. Wilkes-Barre has 89 points and Lehigh Valley has 88. The Penguins have 12 games left. The Phantoms have 11 after tonight. The Penguins burn off this game in hand that they now have Friday in Syracuse. The Phantoms are back in action Saturday when they host the Penguins.

Wilkes-Barre has 42 ROW, which is regulation or overtime wins, so Lehigh Valley’s win tonight via shootout actually hurts them in the event of a tie in points with the Penguins at the end of the year. Lehigh Valley has 40 ROW.

Phantoms host Bridgeport Sunday, who beat Albany tonight 3-1. Wilkes-Barre’s magic number stays at 15. 

Do you smell that? I do. It’s the pungent aroma of chocolate and its coming from Hershey. The Bears have won six straight and are all of a sudden four points off the Penguins for the division lead. The Bears biggest problem at this point in time is the fact that they have 10 games left, which is the least amount of all teams in the division. Pens have two games in hand on them and one more head to head. Remember that games in hand don’t mean anything unless you win them.

Hershey heads to St. John’s, Newfoundland for a pair with the IceCaps Saturday and Sunday.

Then there is fourth place Providence. If you ask me they are the team that can surprise all and sneak up and win the division. They have 12 games left and play the Pens, Bears and Phantoms once more time, the Sound Tigers twice more and the rest of their schedule is cupcakes / out of division games.

Do Your Best and Don’t Worry, Pens!

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