It’s no coincidence Wilkes-Barre begins with a ‘W’ because the Baby Penguins are racking up the wins.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s top minor league affiliate, is tearing up the American Hockey League. Head coach Michel Therrien's Baby Penguins are 7-0-0-0, which matches their longest winning streak since 2001 (Oct. 21-Nov. 4). The Baby Penguins reside atop the AHL Eastern Conference East Division with 14 points. They own the AHL’s top record heading into Friday’s game against Hershey.
In addition, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored its foes, 34-12. Bridgeport has been the Penguins’ top target as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has outscored the Sound Tigers, 16-4, in two games this season.
Forward Erik Christensen has been the Baby Penguins’ top gun. He is tied for AHL scoring with 15 points (7+8) and was named the AHL Player of the Week. Meanwhile, Ryan Whitney leads all AHL defensemen in scoring with 13 points (4+9). Forward Michel Ouellet has 12 points (5+7). Forward Dan Carcillo is tied for second among AHL rookie scorers with eight points (2+6).
Despite spending playing three games in Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Marc-Andre Fleury leads AHL goaltenders with a 1.00 goals-against average. He is 4-0 for the Baby Penguins and has allowed just four goals in 240 minutes played. Dany Sabourin is 3-0 with a 2.60 GAA.