P-BRUINS CONCLUDE SHORT WEEKEND
Providence Hosts Lowell Today at 4:05 p.m. at the Dunkin' Donuts Center
Providence, RI - The Providence Bruins (14-8-1-0, 29 PTS, 2nd Atlantic) host the Springfield Falcons (11-9-2-1, 25 PTS, T-3rd Atlantic) this afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for their fifth of 10 match-ups during the 2008-09 season. The P-Bruins have taken three of the first four meetings, including both Rhode Island meetings, by a combined 13-11 goals advantage.
Providence enters the game rested, last playing Friday night at The Dunk in a 3-1 defeat to the Lowell Devils. The P-Bruins' goal was scored by Vladimir Sobotka as he and linemates Martins Karsums and Martin St. Pierre all pushed their respective point-streaks to four games. Tuukka Rask suffered the loss, seeing an end to his personal three-game winning streak and the team's six-game home winning stretch. Providence, however, continues to lead the division with nine home victories.
On the other side, Springfield has struggled away from the MassMutual Center at 4-5-2-1 but the club makes its way to the Ocean State riding the momentum of back-to-back 3-2 wins at home to begin the weekend. Springfield topped the Portland Pirates in a shootout Friday night and survived the Manchester Monarchs last night in regulation.
The P-Bruins are led offensively by Karsums and St. Pierre, each with 24 points. Karsums and Sobotka pace the squad with 10 goals apiece while St. Pierre leads all active Providence players with 17 assists. Johnny Boychuk, currently in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins, has 19 assists to his credit at the AHL level. Between the pipes, Rask is 9-6-0 with one shutout and a 2.62 goals-against-average in 15 appearances while back-up Kevin Regan is 5-3-0 in nine games.
The Falcons are led by Ryan Potulny's 13 goals and 21 points while Viacheslav Trukhno has 11 assists, first among active Springfield players. Rob Schremp had 17 helpers for the Falcons prior to his recall to the Edmonton Oilers last Tuesday. Springfield continues to ride Devan Dubnyk in net - the goaltender has appeared in 22 of the Falcons' 23 games with a record of 11-10-1, one shutout and a 2.79 GAA.
Head-to-head, P-Bruins Karsums (3g, 3a), St. Pierre (3g, 3a) and Boychuk (6a) lead all players in the series in scoring while Trukhno's five assists paces the Falcons. Rask is 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA and a .945 save percentage against Springfield, compared to Dubnyk's 1-3-0 mark and 3.32 GAA versus Providence.
On special teams, the P-Bruins rank fourth in the AHL on the power play, converting 21.4% of the time, while the Falcons sit in 16th place at 16.5%. Providence leads the league on the penalty kill, eliminating 88.6% percent of the penalties it has been assessed. Springfield has been successful 78.8% of the time, good for 25th in the 29-team circuit.
Providence Bruins Promotional Nights, sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts and your New England Dodge Dealers, continue today with a Matt Lashoff Poster giveaway, free to the first 1,500 fans. The P-Bruins return to action Wednesday night, visiting the Hartford Wolf Pack at 7 p.m. Providence is home Friday, hosting Lowell at 7:05 p.m. for Vladimir Sobotka Bobblehead Night, courtesy of 2nd Time Around Sports, NBC 10 and WEEI. The P-Bruins are on the road again Saturday, traveling to Manchester to face off with the Monarchs at 7 p.m. Providence wraps up the weekend next Sunday, completing a home-and-home set with Manchester at 4:05 p.m. for Zach Hamill Poster Night.
To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Providence Bruins ticket 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.