Monday, December 9, 2013
WHO: Pirates at Hartford Wolf Pack
WHERE: XL Center
NOTES: Hartford has converted on 26 of 101 power plays and leads the AHL with a 25.7 percent success rate. Center Corey Locke leads the league with eight power-play goals. While starting 10 of the last 11 games, goalie Chad Johnson has compiled a 1.20 goals-against average with three shutouts. Hartford is an affiliate of the New York Rangers.
SATURDAY, 7 P.M.
WHO: Pirates at Lowell Devils
WHERE: Tsongas Arena
NOTES: During the past month, Mike McKenna, a former Pirate, has alternated in goal with Jeff Frazee, posting a 2.87 goals-against average in his last eight starts. Defenseman Matt Toamina leads the Devils with five power-play goals, while right wing Vladimir Zharkov has a team-high 14 assists.
SUNDAY, 3 P.M.
WHO: Pirates at Springfield Falcons
WHERE: Mass Mutual Center
NOTES: Left wing Charlie Linglet starts the weekend with seven goals and a team-high 17 assists to rank third in the AHL with 24 points. With goalie Devan Dubnyk temporarily up in the NHL with the parent Edmonton Oilers, Aaron Sorochan, a rookie with four AHL games under his belt, will likely get the nod. The Falcons' Kip Brennan leads the AHL with 108 penalty minutes.
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-- Paul Betit