IceCaps Weekly Forecast | Caps Face Penguins, Bears on the Road

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(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

IceCaps Weekly Forecast gives a first look of the week ahead for your St. John’s IceCaps. Staff writer Danielle Barnes maps out the schedule, provides a statistical comparison of each matchup, identifies players to watch, as well as goaltenders and notes for each team. Refer to this page as your guide for each game in the IceCaps schedule this week. 

by Danielle Barnes, Staff Writer, AHL Report

(Photo by Amy Johnson | Rocket Sports Media)

ST JOHN’S, NL. — The St. John’s IceCaps hit the road this week facing the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins and the Hershey Bears. The IceCaps first head to Pennsylvania to face the Penguins on the 3rd, before heading to Hershey to face the Bears on the 4th and 5th.

Calendar: January 30 – February 5
MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
       
 
        AWAY AWAY AWAY

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St. John’s IceCaps
  • Following two back-to-back losses against the Toronto Marlies last week, the St. John’s IceCaps continue to hold their spot at third in the North division, and 16th in the league overall. The IceCaps continue to lack in the special teams penalty kill, which has definitely hindered them this month as they have only won three out of their 11 games.
Players to Watch
Notes Goaltenders
  • Chris Terry was added to the AHL All-Star Classic roster last minute. He and his teammate Charlie Lindgren  represented the IceCaps for the North Division team.
  • Lindgren 14-11-3 | 2.81 GAA | .911 Sv%
  • Danis 6-4-3 | 2.84 GAA | .911 Sv%

 

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Friday February 3rd

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (33-9-3-0) hold the top spot in the Atlantic division, and are first in the league as well. The Penguins have faced the IceCaps in two previous games this season, resulting in one win and one over-time loss to the IceCaps in early December.
Players to Watch
  • David Worsofsky – Worsofky is the leader in the league for Plus-Minus at 31.  He is also the forth defenseman leader in the league with 33 points.
  • Patrick McGrath – McGrath is third in the league for major penalties, with 6 so far this season.
Notes Goaltenders
Tom Kostopoulos has recently made 500 career points, and is the 91st AHL player to do so.
  • Jarry 19-7-1 | 2.21 GAA | .921 Sv%
  • DeSmith 13-2-2 | 2.26 GAA | .913 Sv%
Matchup
February 3 | Wilkes-Barre, PA.

PENGUINS (stats as of Nov. 6, 2016) ICECAPS
 69 (1st) Points (Div. Rank) 46 (3rd)
 33-9-3-0 Record 20-18-5-1
 17-4-0-0 (home) Home/Away Record 10-8-3-1 (away)
.767 Winning Percentage .523
 157 Goals For 120
 105 Goals Against  135
 17.5% Power-play 20.0%
 87.1% Penalty-kill 76.9%

Season Series – Recap

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Saturday, Sunday February 4th, 5th

Hershey Bears
  • The Hershey Bears (21-13-7-3) hold the fifth spot in the Atlantic division, and the 14th spot in the league overall. This is the first time the two teams will meet this season.
Players to Watch
  • Tyler Lewington – Lewington has the most penalty minutes in the league, with 105 minutes in 40 games played.
  • Travis Boyd – Boyd is the eighth overall leader in the league with 38 points in 44 games played.
Notes Goaltenders
Goaltender Parker Milner made his debut with the Bears on Saturday against the Thunderbirds, resulting in a win of 4-2.
  • Vanecek 10-8-6 | 2.77 GAA | .900 Sv%
  • Cannata 10-5-4 | 3.24 GAA | .875 Sv%
Matchup
February 4, 5 | Hershey, PA.

BEARS (stats as of Jan. 29, 2017) ICECAPS
52 (5th) Points (Div. Rank) 46 (3rd)
21-13-7-3 Record 20-18-5-1
13-6-5-1 (home) Home/Away Record 10-8-3-1 (away)
.591 Winning Percentage .523
147 Goals For 120
137 Goals Against  135
21.0% Power-play 20.0%
80.7% Penalty-kill 76.9%

Season Series – Recap

  • February 4, 2017 |STJ v HER|
  • February 5, 2017 |STJ v HER|
  • March 25, 2017 |HER v STJ|
  • March 26, 2017 |HER v STJ|

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