First opponent: Hartford Wolf Pack
When: 7:05 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena
Season series: This is the first of six meetings between the teams in 2018-19.
About the Wolf Pack: Hartford started the season off strong, but has lost four in a row entering the weekend and is sixth in the Atlantic Division at 4-6-1. The team has allowed the most goals in the Eastern Conference (44), which is surprising given the pedigree of goaltending tandem Dustin Tokarski (167 career AHL wins) and Marek Mazanec (95 wins). Offensively, the team is led by Steven Fogarty (five goals) and Lias Andersson (nine points). The Wolf Pack is very much hit or miss on special teams, having scored three shorthanded goals but also giving up three.
Second opponent: Bridgeport Sound Tigers
When: 3:05 p.m. Sunday at Webster Bank Arena
Season series: This is the first of eight meetings between the teams in 2018-19.
About the Sound Tigers: Bridgeport is fifth in the Atlantic, sitting at 4-4-1. Even with the addition of Chris Bourque this offseason, the team has struggled offensively with fewer than three goals per game. Steve Bernier leads the Tigers with five goals. Bourque has been surprisingly quiet with only three points (G-2A). The Islanders recalled top goaltender Chris Gibson on Wednesday, and loaned forward Tom Kuhnhackl to Bridgeport to make room. The 26-year-old Kuhnhackl played 154 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was part of Pittsburgh’s two most recent Stanley Cup runs.
■ With rookie Sam Miletic out of the lineup with an upper-body injury, forward Jarrett Burton is expected to return this weekend. He’s been out since training camp with an injury.
■ Forward Teddy Blueger has goals in four of his last six games, giving him the overall team lead.
■ This is the Penguins’ (5-2-0-1) first three-in-three weekend of the season. They will have three this month.
Follow staff writer Tyler Piccotti on Twitter @CVPiccotti for live updates and postgame video recaps. All three games will be broadcast on AHL TV and streamed at wilknews.radio.com.
— TYLER PICCOTTI
Source: The Associated Press