Preview: Worcester Sharks vs Providence Bruins

Sep 26, 2011; Montreal, QC, CAN; Boston Bruins forward Max Sauve (74) stick handles past Montreal Canadiens forward Brian Willsie (56) and defenceman Jeff Woywitka (8) during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Friday night the Providence Bruins will be hosting the Worcester Sharks for the first of twelve match ups this season.  If you are planning on attending this game, you want to be sure to be one of the first 2,000 fans to enter the Dunkin’ Donuts Center as they are giving away free travel mugs.  Currently the Providence Bruins are sitting in last place in their division, just one point behind the Sharks and are trying to move past the 6-3 loss to the Connecticut Whale on Sunday afternoon.  They finished the month of October 2-4-0-0, not a very good start on the season for the P-Bruins.

As for their opponent, they finished out the month 2-4-0-1 and are coming off of a strong 5-2 victory against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  While they have a record of 141 penalty minutes in their 7 games played, leading the division, they know how to score as well with a combined 20 goals being scored thus far.  Taking a look at last season the Bruins held a slight advantage winning 7 games to their 5 in the 12 matches they held.  Out of those 5 wins for the Sharks, three of them were played at the Dunk.

Friday night’s game should prove to be rather entertaining as these two teams always seem to get physical, providing 19 fights last season.  They are two teams that are very good at the physical aspect of the game as well as the scoring aspect. All but two of the games played last season were determined by one goal, three of them having to be decided in extra minutes.

Who’s Hot:

Scorers…

If you are the Sharks,  the names Jordan Caron and Maxime Sauve should scare you.  These two Providence Bruins know what it takes to score and have no problems showing you how it’s done.  In 6 games played the two combined have 7 goals scored for the Bruins, making up half of their scoring tangent so far this season.  And what would scorers be with out their passers, the Sharks are also going to want to keep their eye on Chris Bourque and Ryan Spooner as they always seem to be able to find the open man. As for the Sharks, the main man to watch is Tim Kennedy.  This guy can do it all, registering 3 goals and 5 assists so far this season averaging a point per game.  He had a pair of three point games last week in their two victories over the weekend and  leads the Sharks with eight points (3-5-8) in seven games.

Goaltending…

For Providence you are looking at Nicklas Svedberg to be in net who currently holds a 2.59GAA and .915 save%.  Svedberg has 2 wins and 1 loss for Providence thus far and has made 97 saves out of 106 shots faced.

For the Sharks it’s Alex Stalock who holds a 3.23 GAA and .881 save%.  He has 2 wins ans 2 losses for the Sharks and has made 111 saves out of 126 shots faced.

Game time is at 7:05PM ET tomorrow night.  If you want to listen to the game tune in here or watch it on AHL Live.

Topics: AHL, Providence Bruins, Worcester Sharks

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