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No, Canada! – 12/21 Pens at Marlies Postponed

Includes the December 21 game the Penguins were supposed to play up North. Instead, the Pens will just head to Rochester where they will play the Americans on Wednesday.

Logistically, this is a nightmare. The Pens and Marlies play four times this season, two home and two away. Wilkes-Barre isn’t scheduled to go back to Toronto till March 23. That’s a Wednesday. My guess is that it will likely be a back to back to some type, either a Tuesday-Wednesday or a Wednesday-Thursday. If they do Thursday, they have to make an exception because the League eliminated four games in five nights a few years back. After the Pens head to Rochester, they are finished with the Americans this season, so it’s not like they can just cross over the next time they play Rochester, after Wednesday there is no next time.

Probably worse for Toronto, because their two games at Grand Rapids this weekend were also postponed. Again, logistical nightmares.

More tomorrow after the Hershey game. I just can’t commit to putting a preview series out when everything is so volatile.

From Canada to Syracuse

One of them is the December 3 game that the Pens were supposed to play in Syracuse. That gets moved to Sunday, March 27. Wilkes-Barre will be wrapping up a FRiday stop in Belleville and a Saturday trip to Laval. Instead of bussing straight home, the Pens will play in Syracuse that Sunday at 5.

All but one game (the December 5 game in Hershey) needs to be rescheduled. Edit: This game was rescheduled for February 22. Thank you Brian for the correction. The Charlotte game that the Pens were supposed to play at home after the Friday trip to Syracuse was moved to the middle of April. Yesterday’s game played was supposed to be last Wednesday’s game.

PHOTOS: AHL Outdoor Classic

Since I spewed the following photos on the Twitter, Facebook and even the Instagram feeds, I figure the blog was due so here you go, as soon as you click through the bump, or jump, or whatever it’s called:

Click to see bad pictures!

GAMEDAY: @ Worcester 11/20


Away Game: 11

AHL Game: 257

Who: Worcester Sharks

Where: DCU Center

When: 4:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Manchester, the Pens lost in a shootout 4-3. Ben Street had a regulation goal and an assist in the loss for WBS. For Worcester, on Friday in Manchester they lost in overtime 3-2. Matt Irwin had a goal and an assist in the OT loss.

Record: For WBS: 10-3-1-3 (24 pts., 1st place East Division) For WOR: 5-4-2-2 (14 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care:¬†Wilkes-Barre finishes up it’s three game road trip with a Sunday afternoon game in Worcester seeking it’s first win in it. The Pens have played the least amount of games in the East Division at current. No other East Division team is playing today. The Pens have lost two straight games in shootouts and want to win to finish out the the weekend to distance themselves from the rest of the division. Worcester should be well rested, having not played last night and will not go away easy. It’s going to take a focused effort to win this afternoon.

Referee(s): Terry Koharski / Jarrod Ragusin

Linesmen: Chris Aughe / Todd Whittemore

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @WorcesterSharks / @SharksAHLInGame

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie

Broadcasters:¬†WBS: Tom Grace¬†@TGracePens¬†and Mike O’Brien¬†@MikeOBrienWBS¬†/ WOR: Eric Lindquist

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep / @Darryl210

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Worcester: WTAG AM 580 / 94.9 FM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: WBS is the only East Division team in action today. But keep an eye on Connecticut and Providence. With Springfield idle, a Connecticut win can put them in sole possession of third in the conference.

Next Five Games: SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @BNG 11/26, @ NOR 11/29, POR 12/2

GAMEDAY: @ Manchester 11/19


Away Game: 10

AHL Game: 244

Who: Manchester Monarchs

Where: Verizon Wireless Arena

When: 7:00 p.m.

Media Kit

Last Game: Last night in Portland, the Penslost in a shootout 3-2. Brian Gibbons had a goal and was +1. For Manchester, last night they hosted the Worcester Sharks and won in overtime, 3-2. Andrew Campbell won the game for the Monarchs in overtime.

Last Meeting: October 29 in Manchester, the Pens won 4-1. Brian Gibbons had a goal and two assists in the win and was the first star of the game.

Record: For WBS: 10-3-1-2 (23 pts., 1st place East Division) For MCH: 8-9-0-1 (17 pts., 2nd place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Pens look to rebound off of last nights performance and get in the win column after a disappointing loss in Portland last night. Manchester wants to avenge the loss the Pens put on them last month and continue their winning ways.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Scott Whittemore / Brian MacDonald

Twitter: @WBSPenguins / @MonarchsHockey

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie

Broadcasters:¬†WBS: Tom Grace¬†@TGracePens¬†and Mike O’Brien¬†@MikeOBrienWBS¬†/ MCH: Ken Cail

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Manchester: WGIR AM 610

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch: The Albany Devils skate into Chocolatetown this evening to take on the Hershey Bears. Many Albany fans are ready for this challenge to see how their Devils fare. Something to keep an eye on.

Next Five Games: @ WOR 11/20, SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @BNG 11/26, @ NOR 11/29

GAMEDAY: @ Portland 11/18


Away Game: 9

AHL Game: 234

Who: Portland Pirates

Where: Cumberland County Civic Center

When: 7:00 p.m. EST

Media Kit

Last Game: This past Tuesday at home vs. Binghamton the Penguins won 3-0. Scott Munroe earned the 25 save shutout. For Portland, this past Tuesday the Pirates beat the Adirondack Phantoms 4-2. Young prospect Andy Miele had a goal and an assist and was named the third star of the game.

Record:¬†For WBS: 10-3-1-1 (22 pts., 1st place East Division) — For POR: 6-7-0-1 (13 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Why you should care: Penguins take on the new look Portland Pirates in Maine this evening and look to extend the road win streak to nine games. Before they do this, they will need to keep Andy Miele, ex-WBS Penguin M-A Pouliot and others in check. They will most likely face Curtis McElhinney in goal, who spent the last few seasons in the NHL.

Referee(s): Keith Kaval

Linesmen: Landon Bathe / Joe Ross

Twitter: @wbspenguins / @PortlandPirates

Beat Writers: @CVBombulie / @Chris_MHJ

Broadcasters:¬†For WBS: Tom Grace¬†@TGracePens¬†and Mike O’Brien¬†@MikeOBrienWBS¬†/ For POR: Jeff Mannix

Fan Bloggers: @nafsnep

Radio: For WBS: 102.3 The Mountain / For Portland: WPEI 95.9 FM

Television: AHL Live

Other Game to Watch:¬†Norfolk takes on St. John’s in the Canadian Maritimes for a two game set. We’ll be looking at another game tomorrow, but you are going to want to see how Norfolk fares against the AHL’s best team.

Next Five Games: @ MCH 11/19, @ WOR 11/20, SYR 11/23, HER 11/25, @ BNG 11/26

MacIntrye Up; Tangradi Down

Steve MacIntyre returned to Pittsburgh from his conditioning stint. As a result, Eric Tangradi was returned to Wilkes-Barre.

Bombulie had his insights on the Tangradi demotion. I am slowly coming around to the fact that Tangradi’s ship may have sailed in the eyes of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I hope I am wrong with this assessment, but 17:00 of ice time? In two games? That doesn’t sound like to me the staff in Pittsburgh has that much faith in one of it’s top prospects.

I am not bashing Tangradi, so don’t get that confused. I am simply stating what is glaringly obvious to me, is all.

Jonathan is right though, I am thrilled to have him back with WBS. As for MacIntyre, I openly questioned him being here when he was initially sent down but, you know what? I was warming up to the guy. I don’t think we see him again here in WBS.

I am heading to Portland, Maine on Thursday morning. The weather looks great. I’ll probably have a blog post from Vacationland tomorrow afternoon.

Let’s Go Pens!