Game PreviewFeb 25, 2018
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Providence Bruins
Puck Drop: Sunday, February 25 at 3:05 p.m.
Prior to this weekend, the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack last faced off on February 3 at the XL Center, where Colton Hargrove had the Bruins’ only goal in the 3-1 Pack win. The Bruins are 31-18-3-2 overall, with 67 points from 54 games, and in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Last Time Out:
The Wolf Pack and Bruins faced off last night in a 2-1 win for the Pack. Lias Andersson and Boo Nieves both scored their fourth goals of the season, while Chris Nell made 22 saves on 24 shots in net.
Thus far, the Pack are 26-24-4-3 on the season with a .518 win percentage, which places them sixth in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division with 59 points from 57 games played. The Pack sit behind the fifth place Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who have collected 56 points from 54 games played for a 0.519 win percentage. Following the first place Phantoms, the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins, Providence Bruins and Charlotte Checkers currently hold the remaining playoff positions.
Players to Watch:
#28 Lias Andersson
Lias Andersson has four goals and six assists for 10 points in 14 games with the Wolf Pack. The forward skated in 22 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. He also helped Sweden win a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games during the tournament. Andersson was drafted in the 1st round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, where he was selected seventh overall.
#18 Kenny Agostino
Kenny Agostino has 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 47 games played with the Bruins. The left wing had 24 goals and a whopping 59 assists last season with the Chicago Wolves for a total of 83 points on the season. His 83 points led the AHL by 15 points, with Chris Terry of the St. John’s IceCaps trailing him in second with 68 points. Agostino was drafted 140th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Coming Up Next:
The Pack will be back home at the XL Center next weekend on Saturday and Sunday to face the Providence Bruins and Charlotte Checkers. Saturday serves as the Wolf Pack’s Military Appreciation Day. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.