Providence Hosts Springfield as Clubs Clash in Three of Next Four

Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (20-22-3-0, 43 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Springfield Falcons (15-23-8-2, 40 PTS, 8th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' sixth of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. On the year, the P-Bruins are 4-1-0-0 against the Falcons, including 2-0-0-0 in Rhode Island.

The P-Bruins enter play today after a rare Saturday night off. The club last played on Friday night, suffering a 4-1 loss to the Lowell Devils. Providence is struggling through a 3-5-2-0 January and has won only one of its last six games (1-3-2-0). The Falcons, meanwhile, are a league-worst 6-15-2-0 on the road but their overall team play has been much improved over the last two weeks. Since January 9, Springfield is 4-2-1-0, including a 2-1 overtime win against the Hartford Wolf Pack last night. The success comes after the Falcons won only one of their previous 21 games.

Providence continues to be led offensively by PlanetUSA All-Star Mikko Lehtonen's 12 goals and 32 points. He and fellow All-Star Andy Wozniewski share the team-lead with 20 assists apiece. In net, Dany Sabourin is 17-15-0 with one shutout and a 2.58 goals-against-average in 33 outings. Sabourin is 3-1-0 on the year against the Falcons with a 1.99 GAA. On the other side, Springfield's Jean-Philippe Levasseur is 4-10-0 in 14 games overall with a 3.20 GAA, but 0-2-0 with a 2.92 GAA versus Providence. Charles Linglet leads the Falcons with 49 points, tied for third in the AHL, and 38 assists, good for a share of first in the league. Colton Fretter has 17 goals to pace Springfield. Linglet (11g, 38a), Fretter (17g, 17a) and Chad Wiseman (13g, 19a) have all surpassed the 30-point plateau.

On special teams, Providence sits 20th in the AHL on both the power play (15.4%) and the penalty kill (81.3%) while Springfield is ninth (18.3%) on the man-advantage and 23rd (80.8%) when short-handed.

The P-Bruins are back in action with three games next weekend, beginning with the Manchester Monarchs on Friday for T-Shirt Night at The Dunk at 7:05 p.m. T-Shirts are free to the first 2,500 fans in attendance. Providence travels to face Springfield on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. for the first of a home-and-home series as the P-Bruins then host the Falcons on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for Kids Hat Night. The kids hats are free to the first 1,000 kids age 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 www.providencebruins.com.