AHL Preview: WBS Penguins Vs. Hershey Bears

Eric Tangradi (Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) host the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) at Giant Center tonight, the day before the Thanksgiving Holiday. Tonight’s contest will mark the 140th time in history that these two East Division rival clubs have squared off, with Hershey holding an all-time 69-59-11 advantage over the Penguins. The teams tied head to head last season, with both teams posting a 5-5-1-1 record. The Bears currently hold a 3-0 record over Wilkes-Barre Scranton this year, with nine games left to play this season.

Hershey recently defeated Wilkes-Barre the last time these two clubs met, playing perhaps their most complete game of the season in their 4-1 victory over the Penguins. Hershey forward Garrett Mitchell posted two goals for Hershey as part of a line that features Mike Carman and Boyd Kane. Defenseman,Tomas Kundratek recorded a second period power play goal and Bears’ captain Boyd Kane tallied an empty net goal with 30 seconds to play.

However, Hershey struggled the rest of the weekend, losing on the road Friday night to the Syracuse Crunch, followed by another loss to the Crunch on Sunday night at Giant Center. Wilkes-Barre Scranton has yet to play since their loss to the Bears last Saturday.

Prior to tonight’s game, Hershey loaned forward, Barry Almeida to the Reading Royals of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League). In another move, the Washington Capitals assigned forward, Stanislav Gailev to Reading as well.

According to Tim Leone of the Patriot News, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby will start in goal for the Hershey Bears. The Bears look to get back on track tonight, after a rough start to the AHL season.

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