Minor Distractions – AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1st Half 2019-20

I was having laptop issues and was unable to update at the actual midway point, so the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have now played 42 games in the 2019-20 AHL season. So we are going to take a look at their performance 3 games past the 1st half of the year.

 

Team Stats

WBS is currently 6th in the Atlantic Division, 11th in the Eastern Conference, and 16th in the AHL with a 19-16-7 record (53.6 P%). They are 26th in the league with 2.64 goals for per game, 19th with 3.12 goals against per 60, and 28th with a 45.9% goal differential.

They are 16th in the league having gone 29/162 on the power play for a 17.9 PP% and 26th having stopped 132/166 on the penalty kill for a 79.5 PK%. They scored 2 shorthanded goals for (26th most in the AHL) and gave up 3 shorthanded goals against (2nd fewest).

They have struggled more since we last checked in during the 1st Quarter, falling out of playoff contention, the primary difference being that they have given up a lot more goals against. It shouldn’t be too surprising of course considering that injuries and trades have caused a lot off call-ups and inconsistent lineups. Of course even though the underlying numbers are similar their biggest weak point is still their lack of offense, the team just isn’t scoring enough to win games even when the goalies stand on their heads.

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Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Half 2019-20

The Chicago Wolves have now played 38 games which means they are half way through the 2019-20 AHL season. So it seems like a good time to take a look and see how the team has performed thus far.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 4th in the Central Division, 7th in the Western Conference, and 20th in the AHL with a 17-17-4 record (50.0 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.39 goals for per game, 10th with 2.87 goals against per game, and 25th with a 45.5% goal differential.

They have gone 27/156 for a 17.3 PP% (#18 in the AHL) and stopped 121/126 for an 80.2 PK% (#24). They have given up 5 shorthanded goals against (9th most in the league) and have scored 3 shorthanded goals of their own (19th).

They have gotten better, moving up in to playoff contention, and have gotten better defensively giving up fewer goals against and improving on the PK, although their numbers still aren’t great. On the other hand they actually managed to get even worse offensively, scoring fewer goals and converting less often on the PP. The fact that they are improving is a positive sign, but they still need to be better.

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Minor Distractions – AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 1st Quarter

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have now played 19 games and are thus 1/4 of the way through the 2019-20 AHL season, so that means it is time for us to take a look at their 1st quarter performance to see how they are doing thus far.

 

Team Stats

WBS is currently 2nd in the Atlantic Division, 4th in the Eastern Conference, and 8th in the AHL with an 11-6-2 record (63.2 P%). They are 24th in the league with 2.63 goals for per game, 11th with 2.68 goals against per game, and 17th with a 49.5% goal differential.

They have gone 14/75 for an 18.7 PP% (#13 in the AHL) and stopped 66/84 at a 78.6 PK% (#22 in the AHL). They have only scored 1 shorthanded goal for but have also only given up 1 shorthanded goal against.

They are doing well as far as the standings are concerned, so it is hard to really fault their performance. However, their PK has been quite lacking and while their overall defensive play has been solid they are still having trouble producing offense, most particularly at even strength. It works for now but it may not be particularly sustainable.

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Minor Distractions – AHL Chicago Wolves 1st Quarter

With a 76-game schedule the 1st quarter is complete after 19 games, but the Chicago Wolves have already played 20 so I am just a little behind. So let’s go ahead and take a look to see how they have performed so far in the 2019-20 AHL season.

 

Team Stats

Chicago is currently 7th in the Central Division, 13th in the Western Conference, and 28th in the AHL with an 8-11-1 record (42.5 P%). They are 29th in the league with 2.45 goals for per game and 23rd with 3.20 goals against per game leaving them at 29th with a 43.4% goal differential.

They have gone 16/84 for a 19.0 PP% (#11 in the AHL) and stopped 58/74 for a 78.4 PK% (#25). They have given up 4 shorthanded goals against (tied for 2nd most in the league) and scored 2 shorthanded goals of their own (tied for 15th).

Overall not a great start for the team, and not really any areas to be very pleased about. They are giving up too many goals against and have a disappointing PK but unfortunately aren’t scoring enough either. I would count their PP as a positive if it weren’t for the fact that they give up so many shorthanded.

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2019 AHL Training Camp – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

We are now getting ready for the start of AHL training camps, with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins slated to begin to begin this week. They have initially posted a 20-man roster: 2 goaltenders, 7 defensemen, and 11 forwards. They will get additional reinforcements before too long since the Pittsburgh Penguins still have to reduce the NHL roster by half.

Nine of the players were up in Pittsburgh for the NHL training camp, although none of them saw any action during preseason games. Six of those and three additional AHL prospects were invites to the 2019 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, and eight of that bunch also participated in Prospect Development Camp back in June.

Schedule

They begin with two separate morning practice sessions on Tuesday September 24. They play their first home preseason game against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05pm on Wednesday September 25. Back again for morning practice sessions on Thursday September 26. Then a final home preseason game against the Hershey Bears on Friday September 27 at 7:05pm. They finish off camp with a road trip, first facing the Bears at 7:00pm on Saturday September 28 then against the Phantoms at 3:05pm on Sunday September 29. After this they start preparing for the regular season which is set to begin on Friday October 4.

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Vegas Golden Knights 2019 Training Camp

The Vegas Golden Knights are gearing up for the 2019-20 NHL season with their annual training camp set to begin this weekend. They have invited 53 players to camp: 7 goaltenders, 17 defensemen, and 29 forwards. There are a number of key roster battles to watch this year and the team will need to be down to a 23-man roster (and cap compliant) before the regular season begins on October 2.

We are going to take a look at the preseason schedule, seeing if we can get an idea of when we can expect rooster cuts to take place, and examine to roster to try to estimate the opening night lineup/salary cap and what the minor league options will be.

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Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 Training Camp

It is that time of year again, the kids have finished up the annual rookie tournament (see the recap of the 2019 Prospects Challenge in Buffalo) and the players are gearing up for the main NHL training camp activities. Barring any last minute additions of invites who impressed during the rookie tournament the Pittsburgh Penguins have invited 54 players: 6 goaltenders, 17 defensemen, and 31 forwards. They will need to be down to 23 players (and cap compliant) before the start of the 2019-20 NHL season on October 2.

Like usual we are going to take a look at the schedule, seeing where one can reasonably expect cuts to occur, and look at who all is attending camp, what their chances of making the lineup are, and what the roster could look like going into the season.

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