Game PreviewFeb 7, 2018
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Puck Drop: Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.
The Wolf Pack are 2-4-1-0 thus far in the season series vs. their in-state rivals, and are 0-2-1-0 in three previous home games against Bridgeport.
The Sound Tigers come into the week in possession of the fourth-and-final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division, at 23-17-4-2 for 52 points and a .565 points percentage, three points ahead of the Wolf Pack. Bridgeport has won five of its last seven games.
Last Time Out:
The Wolf Pack are riding a seven-game point streak, and are coming off a 3-1 home win over the Providence Bruins Saturday night. Goals were scored by Steven Fogarty, Vinni Lettieri and Ryan Gropp, while Alexandar Georgiev made 16 saves in net. Georgiev is 6-0-1 with two shutouts since January 19.
Thus far, the Pack are 21-20-4-3 on the season with a .510 win percentage, which places them sixth in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division with 49 points from 48 games played.
Players to Watch:
#10 Cole Schneider
In 33 games played, Cole Schneider has scored nine goals and notched 20 assists for a team-leading 29 points for active players. The left wing is in his first season with the Wolf Pack, but he is no stranger to Connecticut, as he played collegiately for UConn. Schneider led the Rochester Americans last season in points (63), assists (39) and +/- (+9), and tied for fourth on team in PIM (45.)
#7 Devon Toews
Devon Toews is third on the Sound Tigers for points, with 22. The defenseman's eight goals and 14 points leads Bridgeport defenders and places him 17th in points for defenders in the AHL. Toews is in his second year with the Sound Tigers as he finished last season with a five goals, 40 assists and a minus 2 +/-. Toews was drafted in the fourth round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2014 at 108th overall.
Coming Up Next:
The Pack will be back home at the XL Center for Hockey Heritage Weekend on February 23 and 24 to face the Hershey Bears and Providence Bruins. The first 5,000 fans to the game on February 24 get a Gordie Howe bobblehead, presented by Xfinity. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.