WHO: Worcester Sharks (12-7-1-4, 3rd in AHL’s Atlantic Division) at Portland (14-7-1-1, 2nd in Atlantic Division)

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today


PIRATES NOTES: While winning five of the last six games, opposing teams have outscored the Pirates by a 24-15 margin. Leading scorer Mark Mancari (12 goals, 14 assists) has scored five goals in his last five games. Since moving to forward, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani has five assists in three games. In his last three games, rookie forward Corey Tropp has two goals and two assists.

SHARKS NOTES: During seven NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks and the Ottawa Senators, leading scorer Jonathan Cheechoo (8-16) scored 170 goals. While making eight consecutive starts, goalie Alex Slalock has compiled a 2.48 goals-against average. In his last two games, left wing T.J. Trevelyan has two goals and three assists.