March 1, 2019

Penguins Scouting Report March 1-2 Opponent: Providence Bruins When: 7:05 tonight Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center Season Series: Providence has won all three matchups between the teams this season. About the Bruins: Providence has lost four out of its last five games. However, the team is 28-20-7-1 and has a four point lead over Lehigh Valley for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. The team is in position to make the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year with the addition of NHL veteran Lee Stempniak. It may be a short term move, but he brings leadership to the lineup with the playoffs approaching. Since Providence signed him to a professional tryout on Feb. 15, Stempniak has recorded two goals and two assists in four games. Forward Jordan Szwarz continues to be the leading scorer for Providence with 18 goals, adding one this past weekend. Goaltender Dan Vladar started twice last weekend and stopped 25 of 27 shots against Hartford. Opponent: Hartford Wolf Pack When: 7:30 Saturday Where: XL Center Season Series: The Penguins have won three of four matchups between the teams this season. About the Wolf Pack: Through Thursday, the Wolf Pack have lost nine of 13 games. Their record now sits at 23-26-6-3, last in the Atlantic. Defenseman Libor Hajek was recalled by the New York Rangers on Thursday. The 21-year old suited up for 58 games this season, leading all AHL rookies, and tallied five assists for the team. Hajek also contributed to an impressive 81.7-percent penalty kill rate. Steven Fogarty and Vinni Lettieri lead current skaters with 17 goals apiece. Penguins notes ■ Pittsburgh reassigned defenseman Blake Siebenaler to Wheeling on Thursday. The third-year pro has recorded 14 points (7G-7A) over 84 AHL games with the Penguins and Cleveland Monsters. — MICHAEL DIAKUNCZAK