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PENGUINS SCOUTING REPORT: Feb. 22-24

February 22, 2019

Opponent: Hershey Bears

When: 7:05 tonight

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena

Season series: Hershey has won seven of 10 matchups between the teams this season.

About the Bears: Hershey was won 14 of its last 15 games, recording a point in that lone loss, and enters the weekend third in the Atlantic Division at 29-20-0-3. The Bears received a big reinforcement from Washington on Thursday, as the NHL club reassigned forward Devante Smith-Pelly. The 26-year-old had seven goals during the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup last season. The team has been fantastic defensively and in net during its hot streak, giving up no more than three goals in one game since Jan. 13. Forward Mike Sgarbossa has already set a career high with 23 goals and will set another personal best with his next point. Seven of Jayson Megna’s 12 goals this season have come against the Penguins.

Opponent: Rockford IceHogs

When: 3:05 Sunday

Where: Mohegan Sun Arena

Season series: Rockford won the only previous meeting between the teams.

About the IceHogs: Through Wednesday, Rockford held the final playoff spot in the Central Division at 26-21-3-5 and had won eight of 10 games. The team should have a face familiar to Penguins fans, as top Hartford scorer Peter Holland was traded earlier this week and assigned to Rockford. He has 51 points overall. Both Anton Forsberg (2.60 GAA, .921 save percentage) and Kevin Lankinen (2.47, .911) are capable of carrying the team on any given night in net. Rockford is more than respectable on special teams on the road, having gone 17.3 percent on the power play and 81.4 percent on the penalty kill.

Penguins notes

■ Forward Joseph Cramarossa received a two-way NHL contract for the remainder of the season on Wednesday. The deal is worth an average annual value of $650,000 at the NHL level and was complete when the 26-year-old cleared waivers on Thursday.

Cramarossa has nine points in 35 games and has been one of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s best penalty killers.

■ The Penguins reassigned defenseman Jeff Taylor to Wheeling on Wednesday.

Taylor had been out with an injury since Jan. 18, but is on the verge of returning. He has five points (2G-3A) in 28 AHL games.