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 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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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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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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Pittsburgh Penguins 2019 Prospect Development Camp

The Pittsburgh Penguins annual Prospect Development Camp is scheduled for June 26 through June 28. There will be 41 players in attendance, split into two practice groups: 22 forwards, 14 D, and 5 goalies.

Schedule

Wednesday June 26 – Goaltender session and an afternoon practice for both Team A and Team B.

Thursday June 27 – Goaltender session and a morning skills session for both Team A and Team B.

Friday June 28 – Game day skate in the morning for Team B and Team A then they split into 4 teams for the 3-on-3 tournament in the evening.

Roster

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 1st Quarter 2018-19

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have now completed the 1st 19 games of the 2018-19 AHL season, thus putting them 1/4 of the way through. That means it is time to take a look at their performance to see how they fared thus far. I am focusing mainly on even strength (i.e. no special teams and no empty net/extra attacker) stats for the skaters, although I have also included some PP/PK numbers as well as calculating estimated TOI. Goalies and team stats are just overall numbers.

 

Team Stats

WBS is currently 5th in the Atlantic Division, 8th in the Eastern Conference, and 17th in the AHL with an 8-7-4 record (52.6 P%). Their 3.26 GF per game is 18th in the league while 3.11 GA per game is 10th in the AHL, leaving them 13th with a 51.2 GF%. They are 25th in the league having gone 12/83 at a 14.5 PP% and 31st in the AHL having stopped 65/87 at a 74.7 PK%.

 

Goaltenders

Jarry went 4-5-2 with a 2.89 GAA and 90.9 Sv%. He is #21 in GAA and #17 in Sv% amongst 45 qualified goaltenders.

Peters went 4-1-2 with a 3.23 GAA and 90.3 Sv%. He is #29 in GAA and #19 in Sv% amongst 45 qualified goaltenders.

Muse went 0-1-0 with a 3.11 GAA and 91.2 Sv%.

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – October 2018

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished the month of October with a 5-2-1 record. They are currently sitting at #3 in the Atlantic Division, #4 in the Eastern Conference, and #9 in the AHL with a 68.8 Points%.

The Pens have outscored their opponents 27-21. They currently sit at #14 in the AHL at 3.38 Goals For per game and #5 in the AHL at 2.63 Goals Against per game, giving them a 56.3 GF% which is #9 in the league. WBS is #21 in the league having gone 5/32 for a 15.6 PP% and are #8 having stopped 28/33 for an 84.8 PK%.

 

Goaltenders

Peters has gone 3-1-0 with a 2.22 GAA and 93.1 Sv%.

Jarry has gone 2-1-1 with a 2.72 GAA and 91.3 Sv%.

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