P-BRUINS AIM FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT HOME WIN
Providence Hosts Hartford Today at The Dunk at 4:05 p.m.
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (10-6-1-0, 21 PTS, T-2nd Atlantic) host the Hartford Wolf Pack (8-7-0-2, 18 PTS, 4th Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for their first of eight match-ups during the 2008-09 season.
The P-Bruins began the weekend with an exciting 3-2 shootout win over the division-leading Portland Pirates Friday night at The Dunk before traveling north to the MassMutual Center an evening ago and falling to the Springfield Falcons 5-1. Linemates Martin St. Pierre and Martins Karsums extended their personal point-streaks to five games in the defeat as St. Pierre notched the only Providence goal against Falcons netminder Devan Dubnyk, who has started all 16 of Springfield's games this season. Kevin Regan got the nod in net for Providence, allowing four goals through 40 minutes before giving way to Kevin Nastiuk, who surrendered one more goal on eight shots in his American Hockey League season debut. Nastiuk was recalled from the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday, where he began the year at 4-2-2.
The Wolf Pack handed the Pirates their second straight loss with a 6-2 thumping at the Cumberland County Civic Center last night. Six different goal-scorers found the back of the net for Hartford to lead 13 players with points. Matt Zaba earned his second win with 27 saves. With the win, Hartford improved to 1-0-0-1 on the weekend.
Providence continues to be led offensively by Johnny Boychuk's 19 points, including an AHL defenseman-leading 15 assists. Karsums is a close second with 18 points and paces the P-Bruins with seven goals. In net, Tuukka Rask has appeared in 11 of the club's first 17 games, going 6-5-0 with a 2.78 goals-against-average. Regan is 4-2-0 in seven contests. On the other side, Hartford's P.A. Parenteau has 19 points, including nine goals. Artem Anisimov is first on the squad with 12 helpers. Between the pipes, Miika Wiikman is 6-6-2 with a 2.66 GAA while Zaba is 2-1-0.
On special teams, Providence ranks fourth in the league on the power play, converting 20.2% of the time, to Hartford's 20th place spot and 15.5% success rate. The P-Bruins are third on the penalty kill at 89% while the Wolf Pack sit in 21st in the AHL at 81.5%.
Providence Bruins Promotional Nights, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts and your New England Dodge Dealers, continue today with Jeremy Reich Poster Night, courtesy of Cintas and the Warwick Mall. Providence returns to action with four games next week, beginning Wednesday on the road against the Lowell Devils at 7 p.m. The P-Bruins are back at The Dunk on Friday after the Thanksgiving break, hosting the Worcester Sharks at 7:05 p.m. for Kids Hat Night. Providence will again face-off with Springfield in Massachusetts Saturday night at 7 p.m. before closing the weekend with Hartford in Rhode Island Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Sunday's contest is a Family Game where fans can purchase one ticket, one hot dog and one soda for one low price.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins office at (401) 273-5000 or log on to the team website at providencebruins.com. Tickets may be purchased in person by visiting the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office or all TicketMaster outlets.