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Bridgeport Sound Tigers (27-34-2-5, 61 points, 4th place in the Northeast Division) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (38-22-3-5, 84 points, 2nd place in the East Division)

Tonight, 7:05 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena

Listen live on The Sports Hub, 102.3 FM

Players to watch:

Bridgeport - With most of Bridgeport’s top scorers up in the NHL, Alan Quine leads the Sound Tigers with 25 points. Tough guys Justin Johnson and Brett Gallant could make things interesting.

Penguins - In the only other meeting between the teams this season, Harry Zolnierczyk scored a pair of goals in a 5-2 win.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins center Andrew Ebbett isn’t worried about jinxing his 11-game assist streak.

Heck, he didn’t even know about it until a few games ago.

“Some of the guys brought it up. But some didn’t so as not to jinx it,” Ebbett said. “Usually my wife would be the one jinxing stuff and she already brought it up a couple times, so I think we’re past the jinxes.”

But hopefully not the assists.

Along with the 11 assists in the last 11 games, Ebbett added three goals to give him 14 points during the span. He is third on the Penguins with 37 points and he’s done it all in just 40 games. Ebbett is on pace to post his highest point total in the AHL since 2007-08 when he registered 72 points with the Portland Pirates.

And he’s accomplished the feat with relatively little attention.

Perhaps it’s just no surprise that Ebbett is once again scoring at a nearly point-per-game pace.

“He’s such a true professional,” said head coach John Hynes. “He really drives the team, and sometimes it’s not always through the headlines but in the room. He’s well-respected by his teammates and you ask anybody on this team and they’d all like to be on his line.”

That’s a fair statement, considering Ebbett once centered a line with Teemu Selanne for five years ago in Anaheim and has produced at almost a point-per-game every season he’s been in the AHL.

But actually it’s Ebbett who is thankful to have a pair of veteran wingers on his line in Spencer Machacek and Chuck Kobasew.

“It’s been huge. Ever since Machacek got here I had a lot of chemistry with him right off the bat. And Chuck has been on a tear scoring goals, so I just try to get the puck to those two whenever I can,” he said.

With eight games left in the season Ebbett said his point-per-game pace is what he expected out of himself before the season began.

“If you can get around that point-per-game mark it’s a successful season and that’s a personal goal I strive for every year,” Ebbett said. “Playing with some good wingers who are putting the puck in the net for me helps as well.”


- The Penguins begin another three-in-three weekend with a pair of home games starting tonight against Bridgeport followed by a Saturday contest against Albany, who they trail by just two points in the conference. They wrap things up with a Sunday match in Binghamton against the Senators in a game that could decide first place in the East Division. “It’s going to be a good weekend for us,” Ebbett said. “If we can set ourselves up Friday and Saturday nights, it could be the biggest game of the year on Sunday.”

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