The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) return to action tonight following their road win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers earlier this week, taking on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins). Hershey enters tonight’s game eighth in the Eastern Conference, holding a 17-16-1-1 record, with 36 points. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has been struggling of late, and throughout December, currently placed 12th in the Eastern Conference, with 33 points on the season.
The Bears are 6-1 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to this point in the season, with five contests still to be played, including tonight. Hershey hosts the Penguins Sunday January 20th for the Outdoor Classic game at Hersheypark Stadium. The Bears hold an all-time 72-60-11 edge over Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins offensive production failed them once again Wednesday night, in their 3-1 loss to the Binghamton Senators. Stephane Da Costa, Eric Gryba and Mike Hoffman all tallied goals for Ottawa’s AHL affiliate. Penguins’ goalie Jeff Zatkoff stopped 13 of the 15 Binghamton shots on goal. Senators’ goalie Robin Lehner continued his dominance in net this season, turning away all but one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s shots on net.
Hershey picked up another road win Tuesday night against Bridgeport, in their 4-3 overtime victory over the Sound Tigers. Bears defenseman Tomas Kundratek earned the winning goal, going coast to coast in the extra period. AHL veteran goalie, Dany Sabourin, played well enough in net for the Bears to earn the win.
Young net minder Philipp Grubauer could earn the start in net tonight for Hershey. Bears defenseman Dmitry Orlov remains sidelined.