P-BRUINS ENDURE ROSTER MOVES TO BEGIN WEEK
Providence Hosts Adirondack for Only Time This Season
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (18-19-1-0, 37 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Adirondack Phantoms (17-16-2-0, 36 PTS, 4th East) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' first of two regular season meetings in 2009-10.
The P-Bruins enter the contest having lost their last two games by a combined score of 6-1, including a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the Portland Pirates last Sunday afternoon. The Phantoms have won eight of their last 13 games, most recently topping the Albany River Rats 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday. Adirondack has hovered around the .500 mark all season, never sitting better than two games over or two games under an even mark.
Providence continues to be led offensively by Mikko Lehtonen as he paces his club with 11 goals, 19 assists and 30 points. The squad will be without third-leading scorer Trent Whitfield and his 20 points (9g, 11a) after the veteran captain was recalled by the Boston Bruins this morning. To account for Whitfield's departure, the P-Bruins have welcomed back winger Matt Marquardt from the Reading Royals of the ECHL, where he tallied one assist in three games since his reassignment. Marquardt began the year in Rhode Island with seven assists through 27 contests. In net, Dany Sabourin is 15-12-0 with one shutout and a 2.52 goals-against-average.
Adirondack is led by Jon Matsumoto's 31 points, including 16 goals and 15 assists. Stefan Legein is first on the team with 18 goals, including one in each of his last three games while Patrick Maroon is first with 17 helpers. Between the pipes, Johan Backlund is 11-8-0 with two blankings and a 2.70 GAA. Back-up John Grahame, who helped Providence to its only Calder Cup championship in 1999, is 0-4-0 with a 3.28 GAA in his return to the AHL this season.
On special teams, Providence ranks 15th (16.7%) in the league on the power play and tied for 24th (81.0%) on the penalty kill. Adirondack, meanwhile, sits 12th (84.4%) when short-handed but last at 29th (11.5%) on the man-advantage.
The P-Bruins travel to face the Worcester Sharks on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. before returning home to welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack into town for a 4:05 p.m. Sunday start. Sunday's game is Jumbocard Night with jumbocards free to the first 1,000 kids 12 and under. 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.