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GAMEDAY: vs. Lehigh Valley 3/22

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Tuesday in Hershey, the Pens lost 1-0 in overtime. Tristan Jarry stopped 38 shots. For Lehigh Valley, they hosted Toronto on Saturday and won 4-3. Chris Conner scored with under a second left to play in regulation to give the Phantoms the full two points.

Last Meeting: March 13 in Allentown, the Pens won 4-1. Jimmy Hayes had a hat trick.

Record: For WBS: 30-24-7-3 (70 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 31-27-3-3 (68 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Kenny Anderson / Stephen Reneau

Linesmen: Tyler Loftus / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Very important game tonight for both teams who see the other as a chance to get into the playoff picture here late on in March due to the fact that the teams face off against each other again Saturday and after this twice more. Who wants it more becomes the question? Expect Tristan Jarry in goal tonight, making his twelves straight start.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Promotion(s): EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY /  BAYARD PRINTING – TIMES TRIBUNE & CITIZENS VOICE TEAM PHOTO — Enjoy great hockey at a great price with $14 lower bowl tickets, courtesy of our friends at Eyewitness News. Fans ages 21 and over can enjoy select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.  And everyone is invited to stick around after the game for our Citizens Voice / Scranton Times Tribune postgame autograph session, featuring a pair of Penguins players. All fans in attendance can take home a 2018-19 Penguins team photo, courtesy of Bayard Printing, the Times Tribune & Citizens Voice.*

Other Game to Watch: Both teams will be interested in the Providence Bruins, who play host to the Belleville Senators tonight.

Next Five Games: @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27, vs. SPR 3/30, vs. BRI 4/2

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GAMEDAY: @ Hershey 3/19

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Who: Hershey Bears

 Where: Giant Center

When: 7:00 p.m.

Last Game: Sunday at home against Toronto, the Penguins lost 4-2. Jimmy Hayes and Jarrett Burton scored goals for the Pens in the loss. For Hershey, the Bears defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday 5-1. Mike Sgarbossa had a goal and three assists, Riley Barber had a pair of goals and an assist. Ilya Samsonov stopped 18 of 19 shots.

Last Meeting: February 22 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 4-2. The Bears scored three third period goals.

Record: For WBS: 30-24-6-3 (69 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For HER: 35-22-3-4 (77 pts., 3rd place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Furman South / Jordan Deckard

Linesmen: Tom George / Tom DellaFranco

Why You Should Care: Gotta make this game in hand on Providence and Lehigh Valley count. This past Sunday was a let down, losing 4-2. The Penguins have to win this game if they want to be considered a contender for a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. A tough task against a Hershey team that has had the Pens number lies ahead.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: Charlotte hosts Syracuse in what very well may be an Eastern Conference Finals matchup.

Next Five Games: vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27, vs. SPR 3/30

GAMEDAY: vs. Toronto 3/17

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Who: Toronto Marlies

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 3:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night against the Providence Bruins, the Pens won 2-1 in overtime. Jake Lucchini scored his first professional goal and Adam Johnson scored in overtime to win it. For Toronto, they were beaten last night in Allentown with 0.5 seconds left on a Chris Conner goal 4-3. Chris Mueller scored a pair of goals for the Marlies in the loss.

Last Meeting: December 1 in Toronto, the Pens lost 7-4. Four different Penguins scored goals and ex-Penguin J-S Dea assisted on two of them.

Record: For WBS: 30-23-6-3 (69 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For TOR: 33-21-6-4 (76 pts., 3th place North Division)

Referees: Tim Mayer / Ben O’Quinn

Linesmen: Tyler Loftus / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: This is one of two games in hand that the Penguins will be burning off on Hershey, Providence and Lehigh Valley who are all off today. The Penguins can draw to three points of the Bruins for fourth in the Atlantic. Standing in their way is the defending champion Toronto Marlies. Should be a good test for the Penguins in another important game.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): KIDS FREE SUNDAY — Fans ages 14 and younger can get into the game for FREE when accompanied by a paying adult (one free kids ticket per paid adult ticket).  Bring along your skates for our postgame skating session on the arena ice.*

Other Game to Watch: Colorado, winners of nine straight, take on the San Jose Barracuda out in California later.

Next Five Games: @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24, vs. PRO 3/27

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: vs. Providence 3/16

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Who: Providence Bruins

 Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday in Allentown, the Pens won 4-1. Jimmy Hayes had a hat trick, Tristan Jarry made 38 saves. For Providence, the Bruins were in Allentown last night and won 5-3. Lee Stempniak scored a pair of goals and Dan Vladar stopped just 19 of 22 shots.

Last Meeting: March 1 in Providence the Penguins won 2-1 in a shootout. Ethan Prow and Chris Breen scored third period goals and Joseph Cramarossa and Ben Sexton scored on their shootout attempts.

Record: For WBS: 28-23-6-3 (67 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division) // For PRO: 32-22-7-2 (73 pts., 4th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Mike Dietrich / Beau Halkidis

Linesmen: Jud Ritter / Patrick Hanrahan

Why You Should Care: Penguins need to approach this game tonight with playoff like intensity as Providence sits in the spot that the Penguins want to get to and advance to the postseason.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Promotion(s): ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION — It’s our annual celebration of all things Irish. We’ll be wearing special shamrock sweaters, which will be auctioned off during the game.  Plus enjoy live Irish entertainment throughout the game.*

Other Game to Watch: Tomorrow’s opponent, the Toronto Marlies, are in Allentown taking on the Phantoms.

Next Five Games: vs. TOR 3/17, @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23, vs. SPR 3/24

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: @ Lehigh Valley 3/13

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Who: Lehigh Valley Phantoms

 Where: PPL Center

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Saturday night at home against Syracuse, the Penguins won 4-3 in dramatic fashion. They tied the game late on a Jimmy Hayes power play goal which got the game to overtime where Sam Miletic scored the overtime game winning goal that gave the Pens the thrilling comeback win. For Lehigh Valley, they hosted the Charlotte Checkers Sunday and lost 4-0.

Last Meeting: Last Wednesday in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins lost 3-1. Adam Johnson scored the only goal for the Pens in the loss, and three Phantoms scored goals with Mikhail Vorobyev assisting on two of them. Alex Lyon got the win in net stopping 27 of 28 shots.

Record: For WBS: 28-23-6-3 (65 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For LV: 30-25-3-3 (66 pts., 5th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Chris Pontes / Terry Koharski

Linesmen: James Tobias / Ryan Knapp

Why You Should Care: Another important contest tonight for two teams out of the playoff picture at the moment. Expect another intense game between these two rivals. Penguins need to bring their best with them down the turnpike.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

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Other Game to Watch: Third place Hershey hosts Springfield tonight.

Next Five Games: vs. PRO 3/16, vs. TOR 3/17, @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22, @ LV 3/23

GAMEDAY: vs. Syracuse 3/9

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Who: Syracuse Crunch

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Last night against Hartford, the Pens lost in a shootout 3-2. Wilkes-Barre put up 41 shots on the Wolf Pack with Joseph Cramarossa and Ethan Prow scoring. For Syracuse, they were in action at home against Utica last night and shutout the Comets 4-0. Eddie Pasquale picked up a 25 save shutout.

Last Meeting: December 22 in Syracuse, the Pens lost in overtime 4-3. Carter Verhaeghe scored the OT game winner for the Crunch. The Crunch had 11 power plays. J-S Dea had a goal and an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped 37 of 41 and picked up third star honors.

Record: For WBS: 27-23-6-3 (63 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For SYR: 37-17-3-2 (79 pts., 1st place North Division)

Referees: Conor O’Donnell / Brandon Blandina

Linesmen: Jesse Marquis / J.P. Waleski

Why You Should Care: At this point, every game needs to be treated like a playoff game. Syracuse isn’t going to give the Penguins any quarter tonight so the Penguins have to take it upon themselves to be the better team and win. Two points is a necessity tonight by any means possible.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): MARVEL SUPER HERO NIGHT — Northeast Pennsylvania’s mightiest heroes will hit the ice on Saturday, March 9, when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins present Marvel Super Hero Night. The Penguins will be wearing special Iron Man jerseys when they take on the Syracuse Crunch, which will be auctioned off on the concourse during the game.  Additionally there will be Marvel-themed contests throughout the night, and all fans are encouraged to dress up like their favorite heroes for photos and fun!*

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley hosts Charlotte in the second game of the weekend series. Last night Lehigh Valley won 3-2. This matchup could very well be a Round 1 playoff matchup, so let’s see how the Checkers respond tonight.

Next Five Games: @ LV 3/13, vs. PRO 3/16, vs. TOR 3/17, @ HER 3/19, vs. LV 3/22

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule

GAMEDAY: vs. Hartford 3/8

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Who: Hartford Wolf Pack

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

When: 7:05 p.m.

Last Game: Wednesday at home, the Penguins lost 3-1 to Lehigh Valley. Adam Johnson had the only goal for Wilkes-Barre in the loss. For Hartford, their last game was against the Penguins last Saturday, where they won in overtime 4-3 with Ryan Gropp scoring just :22 into the extra frame to give Hartford the win.

Record: For WBS: 27-23-6-2 (62 pts., 6th place Atlantic Division) // For HFD: 24-27-6-3 (57 pts., 8th place Atlantic Division)

Referees: Conor O’Donnell / Liam Sewell

Linesmen: James Tobias / Tyler Loftus

Why You Should Care: We aren’t in must win territory yet, but we are on the outskirts. Big two points for the Penguins to have tonight against a team that matches up well with them. Wilkes-Barre needs to keep pace with Lehigh Valley and the rest of the division.

Listen: Nick Hart on the call on WILK.

Watch: AHLTV is new and improved and a lot cheaper.

Promotion(s): EYEWITNESS NEWS FAN FRIDAY Enjoy great hockey at a great price with $14 lower bowl tickets, courtesy of our friends at Eyewitness News.  Fans ages 21 and over can enjoy select draft beers for just $2 from 6-7:30pm.  And everyone is invited to stick around after the game for our Citizens Voice / Scranton Times Tribune post game autograph session, featuring a pair of Penguins players.*

Other Game to Watch: Lehigh Valley hosts Charlotte for the first of two with the Checkers this weekend in Allentown.

Next Five Games: vs. SYR 3/9, @ LV 3/13, vs. PRO 3/16, vs. TOR 3/17, @ HER 3/19

* – promotional information courtesy of wbspenguins.com/promo-schedule