WHO: Worcester Sharks (32-26-4-8, fourth in AHL’s Atlantic Division) at Portland Pirates (43-18-5-2, first in AHL’s Atlantic Division)

WHEN: 11 a.m.

WHERE: Cumberland County Civic Center


TV: Time Warner cable channels 9, 12 or 21

SHARKS NOTES: The Sharks, who are still in contention for a playoff berth, have earned points in seven of 10 games against the Pirates. An upper-body injury has kept former NHL scoring champion Jonathan Cheecho, Worcester’s leading scorer, out of the lineup for the past 11 games. Left wing T.J. Trevelyan and defenseman Sean Sullivan have each scored five goals against the Pirates, while right wing Tommy Wingels is riding a six-game points streak.

PIRATES NOTES: Winners of nine of their last 10 games, the Pirates are coming off three consecutive road wins. In 10 games against Worcester, left wing Derek Whitmore has eight goals. In his last six games, right wing Mark Parrish has five goals and 10 assists, while Marc-Andre Gragnani, who leads AHL defensemen in scoring, has 15 assists in his last 10 games. Rookie left wing Luke Adam is riding a 10-game point-scoring streak.

— Paul Betit