P-BRUINS LOOK TO CLAW PAST PACK IN STANDINGS
Providence Hosts Hartford to Begin Busy Three-Game Weekend
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (5-5-1-0, 11 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Hartford Wolf Pack (6-6-0-0, 12 PTS, T-5th Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' third of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. The P-Bruins are 1-2-0-0 on the year against the Wolf Pack, including a 1-1-0-0 mark in Rhode Island.
Providence and Hartford last battled on Halloween in what finished as a 7-0 Wolf Pack victory in Connecticut. The game featured its share of physical interruptions with 140 penalty minutes accumulated between the two teams and a great deal of offensive punch for the home team as Hartford's Bobby Sanguinetti (2g, 2a) and Corey Locke (g, 3a) each registered four points. Regardless of the opponent, however, it has often been the home team that has had the advantage whenever the P-Bruins and Wolf Pack have taken to the ice this season. On the year, Providence boasts a 5-1-1-0 record at The Dunk to its 0-4-0-0 road record, while Hartford is 5-1-0-0 at home but a struggling 1-5-0-0 when away from the XL Center.
On the year, the P-Bruins are led offensively by defenseman Andy Wozniewski and his 15 points, including active team-highs in both goals (5) and assists (10). In net, Dany Sabourin is 5-3-0 with a 2.52 goals-against-average in his eight outings. For the Wolf Pack, Locke paces his squad with 17 points, tied for first in the AHL. Locke and P.A. Parenteau are both in first with eight goals apiece, tied for second in the league, while Sanguinetti has a club-high 11 helpers, good for a first-place share in the AHL. Between the pipes, Chad Johnson shows a 4-3-0 record with one shutout and a 2.86 GAA.
On special teams, both Providence (4th, 21.2%) and Hartford (1st, 29.5%) rank highly on the power play, though both clubs are in the lower-third of the league on the penalty kill, the P-Bruins at 23rd (81.7%) and the Wolf Pack in 28th (75.0%).
It has been another busy week on the Providence transaction wire with Mikko Lehtonen recalled to the Boston Bruins. Lehtonen scored 10 points (3g, 7a) in 11 P-Bruins contests, making him the fourth of Providence's top six scorers to make the trip north, joining Vladimir Sobotka, Brad Marchand and Trent Whitfield. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fraser has been released from his Professional Tryout Agreement and returned to the ECHL's Reading Royals, making room for new P-Bruins forward Mark Derlago, up from the Idaho Steelheads.
Providence continues its weekend Saturday on the road against the Lowell Devils at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the P-Bruins are home to host the Hershey Bears at 4:05 p.m. Prior to tonight and Sunday's games, local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Rhode Island Food Bank to support the Scouting for Food national campaign. Fans are encouraged to drop off their non-perishable food items in the Dunkin' Donuts Center lobby. Sunday's contest is a Family Game, where fans can buy one ticket, hot dog and soda for one low price. To purchase 2009-10 season tickets, Flex Tix or individual game tickets, please call the Providence Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at www.providencebruins.com.