Chirps from Center Ice

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

GAMEDAY: @ Springfield 2/7

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Who: Springfield Thunderbirds

Where: Mass Mutual Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday at home against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, the Penguins won 2-1. Tristan Jarry stopped 34 of 35 shots. The next day he was recalled to Pittsburgh and Casey DeSmith was returned to Wilkes-Barre. For Springfield, the Thunderbirds were in Bridgeport Friday and shutout the Sound Tigers 1-0. Evan Cowley had a 25 save shutout and Ludwig Bystrom scored for the Thunderbirds.

Last Meeting: January 5 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins won 4-2. Casey DeSmith stopped 20 of 22 shots. Adam Johnson scored and added and assist.

Record: For WBS: 28-12-3-1 (60 pts., 1st place Atlantic Division) // For SPR: 22-24-1-1 (46 pts., 7th place Atlantic Division)

Referee(s): Geoff Miller / Corey Syvret

Linesmen: Frank Murphy / Robert St. Lawrence

Why You Should Care: Despite their place in the standings, Springfield has been punching above its weight recently and have won three straight and are 7-3 in their last ten games. Wilkes-Barre can’t waltz into MassMutual Center tonight expecting the home team to lay down for the mighty Penguins, they have to fight for every puck if they want success tonight.

Other Game to Watch: It’s going to ear watching until it isn’t anymore, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms play host to the Charlotte Checkers tonight.

Next Five Games: @ PRO 2/9, @ PRO 2/11, @ RCH 2/16, vs. UTI 2/17, @ LV 2/18

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