SURGING P-BRUINS RETURN TO DUNK
Providence Hosts Lowell Riding Four-Game Winning Streak
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (14-11-1-0, 29 PTS, 5th Atlantic) host the Lowell Devils (14-10-3-0, 31 PTS, 3rd Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' fourth of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. On the year, Providence is 1-2-0-0 against Lowell but 1-0-0-0 in Rhode Island.
The P-Bruins return home after hitting their stride on the road recently. The club has won four straight games overall and six in a row on foreign ice, the last four by only one goal apiece. Most recently, Providence won back-to-back games last weekend in Maine against the Portland Pirates. In the victories, captain Trent Whitfield hit a pair of AHL milestones, including his 200th career goal and 500th point. His linemate, Brad Marchand, netted the decisive goal in all three games last week, one in regulation to go along with a pair of shootout strikes.
Lowell, meanwhile, sits just two points ahead of Providence in the Atlantic Division standings but the club has caught fire offensively behind three consecutive five-goal games. The Devils lost their last game 6-5 against the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday. Tonight's game marks Lowell's first road game since November 27, also the last time Providence played at home.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by Mikko Lehtonen's nine goals and 24 points, helped by a recent four-game point-streak. Andy Wozniewski, who leads all AHL defensemen with 23 points, continues to pace Providence in assists with 17. In net, Dany Sabourin has seen the bulk of the action with a 12-7-0 record, 2.68 goals-against-average and .908 save percentage in 20 games. On the other side, the Devils are led by rookie defenseman Matt Taormina's 20 points. Tim Sestito is first on the team with nine goals while Tyler Eckford ranks first with 14 assists. Between the pipes, Mike McKenna is 8-6-0 with two shutouts, a 2.56 GAA and a .918 save percentage.
On special teams, Providence (19.2%, 8th) and Lowell (22.7%, 2nd) each rank in the league's top 10 on the power play. Meanwhile, both the P-Bruins (81.3%, 21st) and Devils (79.0%, 27th) sit in the lower third of the league on the penalty kill.
On Saturday, the club travels to New York to take on the Albany River Rats at 7 p.m. before returning home to host Manchester on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for a Family Game. 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.