Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 3/25

@     lv14

Away Game: 33

AHL Game: 964

Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Syracuse, the Penguins won 5-1. Zach Aston-Reese had a goal and an assist, giving the rookie three points in his first two professional games. For Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms were last in action this past Wednesday in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Anthony Stolarz stopped 42 of 44 shots and was named second star of the game.

Last Meeting: Last Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, the Phantoms beat the Penguins 3-2. Chris McCarthy had two assist for first star honors, Tom Kostopoulos and Oskar Sundqvist scored for the Penguins in the loss.

Record: For WBS: 44-18-3-0 (91 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) — For LV: 42-19-4-0 (88 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: What path do the Penguins want to take here? The Phantoms have the toughest strength of schedule in the Atlantic Division out of all playoff contending teams. A big majority of that equation is four more meetings with the Penguins on the schedule. A win tonight puts the Penguins up five points on the Phantoms. A loss puts Lehigh Valley one point behind. The road team has won the last four meetings between these two teams.

Referee(s): Jake Brenk / Michael Sheehan

Linesmen: Tim Lyons / Matt McNulty

Twitter: @WBSPenguins and @WBSGameDay / @LVPhantoms

Facebook: /WilkesBarreScrantonPenguins / /LehighValleyPhantoms

Instagram: wbspenguins / lehighvalleyphantoms

Beat Writers: @CVSethLakso and @TomVenesky / @SteveGrossMCall

Broadcasters: WBS: Mike O’Brien @MikeOBrienWBS and @_NickHart / For Lehigh Valley: Bob Rotruck @BobRotruck

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @KRAM209

Radio: For WBS: WILK Newsradio / For Lehigh Valley: Fox 1470

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: Bridgeport, without the services of Jaroslav Halak in net, head north to Hartford to take on the Wolf Pack. Bridgeport is fifth in the Atlantic, two off of Providence for the final playoff spot.

Next Five Games: UTI 3/26, @ SPR 3/31, LV 4/1, UTI 4/2, @ LV 4/7

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