Sharks continue four game home stand with busy weekend
Sharks continue busy month of November with third straight 3 in 3 weekend
By Andrew Nawn
Worcester will look to continue their early November success and extend their season long 4 game point streak (3-0-1-0) this upcoming Friday when they start their third straight 3 in 3 weekend. The Sharks begin this weekend with back to back home games by hosting the Portland Pirates (4-3-1-0) on Friday and the Connecticut Whale (4-4-1-0) on Saturday with hopes of improving an already impressive (3-1-1-0) home record. Wrapping up the 3 in 3 weekend, Worcester will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday afternoon at 3pm to take on their Atlantic Division rival the Providence Bruins (3-5-0-0), whom they beat 3-2 in their first matchup of the season on November 2, 2012.
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A look at the Pirates….
Portland currently stands in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a record of (4-3-1-0) having only played once this past weekend defeating the St. John’s IceCaps 3-0 on November 2nd. They come in to the twelve game season series having a (1-0-0-0) record by beating the Sharks 7-4 on October 19 in Lewiston. The Pirates offense has been very potent as they have scored 4.25 goals a game which tops the AHL rankings. But, their defense has been less than stellar, as they sit second to last in goals against allowing 3.63 goals against a game.
Pirates to look for…..
Portland’s high powered offensive has been paced by a dynamic first line of Alexandre Bolduc, who currently leads the team with 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists), Chris Conner with 10 points ( 5 goals, 5 assists) and Rob Klinkhammer also collecting 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) - this line is dangerous whenever they on ice as they have registered 31 points between them. On the blue line, is one of top upcoming young defenseman in the NHL - Oliver Ekman-Larsson - who skated in all of the Phoenix Coyotes regular season and post season games last season. Larsson seems to be fitting in just well in Portland and is 6th in the AHL defenseman scoring race with a line of 3-6-9. Larsson is joined by David Rundblad, who has accumulated 7 points, which is good for 15th best in the AHL.
A look at the Whale….
Connecticut makes the first of back to back Saturday trips to the DCU Center; these are also the only two times they will be playing in Worcester this season. The Whale sit in third place in the Northeast Division with a current record of (4-4-1-0) after coming off a 1-1 weekend, beating Albany 2-1 in a shootout on November 2nd and losing to Springfield 10-2 on November 4th. Connecticut’s 3.50 goals a game average (9th in the AHL) has been a direct result of their dangerous power play which ranks 2nd in the AHL at 25.00% conversion rate. Last year the Whale went 3-1-0-0 against the Sharks with two of their wins coming from shootout victories.
Whale to look for…
With the Whale coming to town, you can expect a fight from AHL enforcer Micheal Haley as he already has registered 21 PIM this season and also fought Curt Gogol during the preseason affair verse Worcester. The Connecticut offense has been paced by Kris Newbury (4-7-11) and AHL rookie Kyle Jean 9 points (4-5-9) who is also 4th among rookie scorers in the AHL. Chris Kreider, who had a knack for scoring big goals for the New York Rangers during last year’s playoffs, seems to be proving he can be more than a goal scorer by leading all AHL rookies with 33 penalty minutes.
A look at the Bruins…
Providence currently sits in last place in the Atlantic Division splitting its past two contests, losing to Worcester 3-2 on November 2nd and beating St. John’s 3-0 on November 4th. With the loss last week verse the Sharks, the Bruins fell to (0-1-0-0) in their 12 game season series verse Worcester. Last year the Bruins went (7-4-1) verse the Sharks in the 12 game season series. Providence has been scoring only 2.25 goals a game (25th in AHL) while they are 7th in the AHL with 31.90 shots a game. Chris Bourque, son of former Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque, is enjoying his first season in Providence posting a line of (0-6-6) but is till looking for his first goal of the season.
Bruins to look for…
New comers Chris Bourque and AHL rookie Ryan Spooner lead the new look Bruins with six points a piece. You can expect that Lane MacDermid, Bobby Robins, or Garnet Exelby to drop the gloves if the Bruins need a boost. Between the pipes is rookie goaltender Niklas Svedburg who is enjoying an impressive start to the season as he is 3-1-0-1 with a 2.01 goals against average and .927 save percentage.
Brandon Mashinter currently is 3rd all-time (213 games) in games played in Sharks history trailing Lukas Kaspar by 3 and all-time leader Mike Moore by 40 games.
The Sharks will look to get wins on back to back road games for the first time since December 17, 2011 when they won five in a row on the road.
Collecting 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) Sharks rookie forward Sebastian Stalberg looks to move up the rookie scoring leaderboard, where he currently sits tied for the 7th among AHL rookies.
A taste of Bourque…. The Sharks will play two of Boston Bruins legend Ray Bourque’s sons, Ryan with Connecticut and Chris with Providence.