Puck Drop: Friday, 7:05 p.m.
TV/Radio info: AHL Live / WILK 103.1
Records: Penguins (50-19-3-2), Bears (41-22-8-3)
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will look to improve to 9-3-0-0 against the rival Hershey Bears tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena. Once again, the game means little for the Penguins, but everything for the Bears, who are just .006 percentage points ahead of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
Recent Transactions: The Penguins signed defensemen Niclas Almari and Connor Hall to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2016-17 season on Tuesday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton also added Wheeling Nailers defensemen Kevin Schulze (PTO) and Ryan Segalla (recall). With the Nailers’ season over, consider Schulze and Segalla black aces. Both Almari, 18, and Hall, 19, were 2016 Penguins draft picks. They are both expected to take part in practices and team meetings as a way to get to know how the team runs. However, neither will be available to play.
Notes: This will be the 12th and final meeting between the Penguins and Bears this season. The Penguins, who clinched the Atlantic Division title this past Sunday, have gone 8-3-0-0 in the season series and won six of the last seven contests, outscoring the Bears 32-16 in the process. … Oskar Sundqvist and Garrett Wilson lead all Penguins with 10 points (4G-6A) against Hershey this season. … Wilkes-Barre/Scranton boasts the best penalty kill in the league (87.3%) as well as the top team save percentage (.924). … Hershey has gone 6-4-0-0 over its last 10 games and is coming off a 2-1 win at Toronto on April 8. … The Bears currently sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division, 12 points back of the Penguins. … The Bears have Bridgeport (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s opponent on Saturday) hot on their trail (.006 percentage points back) for the fourth and final playoff slot in the Atlantic Division. … Hershey has gone 1-4-0-0 at Mohegan Sun Arena this season… Christian Thomas leads all Bears with nine points (4G-5A) against the Penguins.
Zach Aston-Reese-Kevin Porter-Tom Kostopoulos
Garrett Wilson-Oskar Sundqvist-Ryan Haggerty
Dominik Simon-Teddy Blueger-Jean-Sebastien Dea
Troy Josephs-Jarrett Burton-Adam Krause
Frank Corrado-Derrick Pouliot
David Warsofsky-Brett Stern
Tim Erixon-Jeff Taylor
Healthy scratches: Pat McGrath, Nick Sorkin, Ethan Prow, Kevin Schulze, Ryan Segalla, Cody Wydo, Christian Hilbrich, Dylan Zink
Injured/out: Barry Goers (upper-body, day-to-day), Sahir Gill (upper-body week-to-week), Thomas Di Pauli (upper-body, week-to-week), Stuart Percy (upper-body, done for the season), Lukas Bengtsson (illness, done for the season)