P-BRUINS AIM TO PUSH WIN STREAK TO FOUR
Providence and Lowell Match-Up for Ninth Time of the Season
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (37-24-2-4, 80 PTS, T-1st Atlantic) host the Lowell Devils (29-28-2-6, 66 PTS, 6th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in the teams' ninth of 10 regular season meetings in 2008-09. The P-Bruins are 3-5-0-0 against the Devils this year, including 2-2-0-0 in Rhode Island.
Providence enters today's game winners of three straight contests, as well as a three-game home winning streak. The P-Bruins have won each of their last three games by one goal, most recently besting the Springfield Falcons 2-1 in an eight-round shootout last night at the MassMutual Center. Mikko Lehtonen scored a goal for the second straight game while Martin St. Pierre pushed his point-streak to three games. Tuukka Rask, who made 34 saves in last night's win, has won his last three starts overall.
Lowell sits five points out of a playoff spot, trailing the Portland Pirates (71 points) and Worcester Sharks (69 points). The Devils have sputtered of late with only three wins in their last 12 games after falling to the Pirates 6-1 last night in Maine. Despite its struggles, Lowell remains nearly a .500 team on the road at 14-16-2-1 while Providence leads all Atlantic squads with 22 wins on home-ice.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by St. Pierre's 57 points, including a team-best 43 assists. Lehtonen ranks first with 25 goals. Between the pipes, Rask is 28-19-2 with three shutouts and a 2.57 goals-against-average. On the other side, the Devils are paced by Jon DiSalvatore's 45 points. The former Providence College Friars forward leads Lowell with 29 helpers. Nicklas Bergfors is first with 18 goals. In net, rookie Jeff Frazee has a 2.65 GAA to go along with a 23-15-5 record.
In the season series, DiSalvatore leads all scorers with eight points. The Devils' Chad Wiseman has a series-best four goals while teammate Tyler Eckford has tallied a high of seven assists. In the crease, Rask is 2-3-0 against Lowell while back-up Kevin Regan is 1-2-0 in four games. For the Devils, Frazee is 5-2-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .940 save percentage versus Providence.
On special teams, Providence and Lowell rank closely on both the power play and the penalty kill. With the man-advantage, the P-Bruins sit 17th in the AHL, converting 16.7% of the time, while the Devils are 19th at 16.4%. When short-handed, Providence has killed 81.8% of its penalties, good for 19th, and Lowell is 21st at 81.5%.
Today is a Family Game as Providence Bruins Promotional Nights continue. Fans can purchase one ticket, one hot dog and one soda for one low price. Providence returns to action on Friday night at The Dunk, hosting the Albany River Rats at 7:05 p.m. It's a St. Patrick's T-Shirt giveaway, free to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. The P-Bruins then take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in Connecticut on Saturday at 7 p.m. before returning home next Sunday to host the Hartford Wolf Pack for another Family Game at 4:05 p.m.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.