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Providence Battles Bridgeport in First of 10 Match-Ups
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (2-5-1-1, 6 PTS, 7th Atlantic) host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4-5-0-0, 8 PTS, 6th Atlantic) this evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for the teams' first of 10 regular season meetings in 2010-11 after going 4-2-0-0 against the Sound Tigers in six match-ups last year.
Providence enters play tonight riding a three-game losing skid (0-2-1-0), while Bridgeport has won two straight for the first time all season following consecutive extra session victories, most recently a 6-5 shootout win over Springfield on Wednesday.
The P-Bruins hope to change their luck at home, where they are 0-4-0-1 and scoring an average of just one goal per game. With all eyes geared toward sparking the offense, Providence has added 35-year-old veteran David Ling, a winger with nearly 100 National Hockey League games under his belt and eight pro seasons with more than 50 points. Ling joins the P-Bruins from Khabarovsk Amur of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, where he began the season with one goal and six assists in 18 games. Providence has also received consistent production out of rookie Joe Colborne, who has one goal and three assists in his last four games after getting off to a slow start to the year.
The Sound Tigers, just 1-3-0-0 on the road, sit only two points ahead of Providence in the Atlantic, and the club has also enjoyed the performances of several key contributors over the last couple of weeks. As notable as any other, Jon Sim netted a hat trick and shootout goal in his AHL season debut on Wednesday following his assignment from the Islanders, while Jesse Joensuu is currently riding a five-game point-streak, including two goals and six assists to share his team's scoring-lead with Rob Hisey. Additionally, rookie David Ullstrom has scored goals in four straight games, tacking on two helpers in that time as well.
Providence is led offensively by rookie blue-liner Steve Kampfer's six points, featuring the team-high four assists he shares with Colborne. Three players have three goals apiece, including Jamie Arniel, Jordan Knackstedt and the injured Max Sauve. In net, goalies Nolan Schaefer and Michael Hutchinson each have one win, while Schaefer has team-bests in both goals-against-average (3.06) and save percentage (.895).
Bridgeport's Hisey and Joensuu each have eight points, while Ullstrom leads the team with four goals. Joensuu's six assists are also a club-high. Between the pipes, rookie Kevin Poulin paces the Sound Tigers with two wins, a 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage.
On special teams, Providence ranks just 28th on the power play at 8.6% and 30th on the penalty kill at 72.7%, though the P-Bruins have been riding a high when short-handed by successfully eliminating 13 of their last 14 chances. Bridgeport, on the other side, ranks in the middle-third of the league in both categories, 18th with the man-advantage at 15.6% and tied for 11th when down a man at 85.7%.
The P-Bruins are on the road the next two days, Saturday at the Portland Pirates and Sunday to wrap up their season series with the Albany Devils. Providence returns to The Dunk on Friday, November 12 against the Abbotsford Heat at 7:05 p.m. for Ear Warmer Night. P-Bruins ticket packages and individual game tickets are on sale now for the 2010-11 season. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the P-Bruins ticket office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com.
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