P-BRUINS TAKE AIM AT THREE-WIN WEEK
Providence Hosts Lowell to Wrap Up Five-Game Week
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (31-30-3-0, 65 PTS, 6th Atlantic) host the Lowell Devils (32-24-4-4, 72 PTS, 4th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' eighth of 10 regular season meetings in 2009-10. The P-Bruins are 2-5-0-0 against the Devils this season, including a 2-2-0-0 mark in Rhode Island.
The P-Bruins enter play today looking for their third win of the week after earning two victories over the Abbotsford Heat on Tuesday and Wednesday before falling in each of their last two contests. Providence has scored only one goal in each of the last two nights, most recently a 4-1 loss at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday. It was a game for Bruins past and present as Zach Hamill tallied Providence's goal while former P-Bruins Jeremy Reich and Sean Bentivoglio each netted two goals for Bridgeport.
The P-Bruins and Sound Tigers, along with the East Division's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, are all chasing what would currently be the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Currently, Bridgeport holds the edge with 67 points, good for fifth-place in the Atlantic, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Providence each show 65 points. The Tigers travel to take on the Manchester Monarchs this afternoon and the Penguins are idle.
The Devils, like the P-Bruins, have dropped their last two contests, falling 7-5 last night to the Springfield Falcons. Since February 3, Lowell is just 3-7-1-3 over its last 14 games. Still, the Devils sit just three points back of third-place Manchester and six points behind the Portland Pirates for second in the Atlantic Division.
Providence is led offensively by PlanetUSA All-Star Mikko Lehtonen's 22 goals and 47 points, while fellow PlanetUSA All-Star Andy Wozniewski paces the club with 29 assists. In net, Kevin Regan, Providence's number one goalie with Dany Sabourin on recall to the Boston Bruins, is 8-9-0 with a 2.43 goals-against-average and .918 save percentage. Both of the latter totals lead the P-Bruins. On the other side, Lowell is led by former P-Bruins forward Ben Walter, who has 19 goals and 45 points. Matt Taormina and Cory Murphy have each registered a team-best 31 assists. Between the pipes, Mike McKenna is 18-12-4 with three shutouts, a 2.26 GAA and .927 save percentage, while Jeff Frazee is 13-14-0 with one shutout, a 2.68 GAA and .915 save percentage.
In the season-series, Lehtonen (2g, 4a), Walter (4g, 2a) and Lowell Canadian All-Star Tyler Eckford (g, 5a) lead all players with six points apiece. Regan is 0-1-0 with a 2.35 GAA in two appearances against the Devils. Frazee is 4-1-0 versus the P-Bruins with a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage.
On special teams, Providence ranks 25th (15.1%) in the AHL on the power play and 26th (79.9%) on the penalty kill. Lowell, meanwhile, is second with the man-advantage at 20.9% and 16th (82.2%) when short-handed.
Providence returns to action with three games against the East Division next week, beginning Friday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:05 p.m. for St. Patty's T-Shirt Night. On Saturday, the P-Bruins travel to New York to take on the Adirondack Phantoms at 7 p.m. Then, Providence hosts the Binghamton Senators at 4:05 p.m. on Sunday for another Amica Lip Balm Night. 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.