Wolf Pack Weekly: Pack Aim to Finish Above .500

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There is two weeks left in the American Hockey League regular season.  The Wolf Pack are still “mathematically” in the playoff race surprisingly.  The club is 11 points out but the Pack will be officially eliminated this weekend.  The goal for Hartford must be finish above .500.  The club has floated around this benchmark, going below or above.  Entering this weekend, the Pack are one game above .500.  Hartford is 31-30-4-5 for 65 points.  That puts them sixth in the Atlantic Division.

Vinni Lettieri And Cole Schneider Have Hot Hands

Prospect Vinni Lettieri is lighting the lamp lately for the Pack.  Since returning from New York, he picked up where he left off. The young center still has some learning to do, but he has developed nicely for his first full year in the pros.  He is on a five game point streak, notching five goals, one assist for six points.

Cole Schneider has been a power house for a majority of the season.  He leads the club in points with 46 (15 goals, 31 assists).  The experienced veteran still find ways to get the job done offensively.

Despite the scoring slumps, Cole Schneider find ways to produce points. Currently the veteran is on a six game point streak.  In that span, he recorded two goals and seven assists for nine points.  In the last 10 games, Cole Schneider has put up 13 points.

The two year signing is worth it for the Pack.  Hopefully he could produce a bit more next season.  In Cole Schneider’s past seasons, he has contributed juicy numbers between 50-60 points.

Alexandar Georgiev Returns

Alexandar Georgiev played his first game back on Wednesday against the Springfield Thunderbirds.  The rookie looked sharp in net for Hartford.  I could tell his confidence is high and he was focused.  The experience in New York benefited the prospect tremendously.

The potential for Alexandar Georgiev is high as the sky.  He is definitely a strong candidate next season for serving as Hank’s backup. From a developmental standpoint, if Alexandar Georgiev were to play with Hartford next season, it was be just a beneficial.

Scott Kosmachuk Update

The young forward signed an American Hockey League contract with Hartford last summer.  As we fast forward to today, Scott Kosmachuk has been one of the most consistent players in Hartford.  The forward is at 39 points with seven games remaining surpassing his previous high in points.  His prior recorded for most point was in the 2015-16 season with the Manitoba Moose.  Keith McCambridge coached him in the past and knew what he was getting.  The forward has played well, showing up with offense, grittiness, and defense.

Wolf Pack Take Part In Make-A-Wish Celebration

The organization will take part in a wish for Zachary Minor.  He and his family will be at the game this Saturday against Bridgeport.  Check out the heart warming article here.

Upcoming Games

Friday, March 30th vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at 7:15 pm, XL Center

  • The final meeting in the season series.  Hartford is 3-1-0-1 against the Penguins.  Last season Hartford was swept in the series, 0-8.
  • The Penguins are 5-3-2 in the last ten games, ranked second in the Atlantic Division with 86 points.  Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 39-20-6-2.
  • Hartford is 2-0 at home against the Penguins.

Saturday, March 31st vs Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders) at 7:00 pm, XL Center

  • The 10th and final meeting of the season series.  The Pack struggled against Bridgeport this season.  Hartford is 3-5-1.
  • Bridgeport enters the weekend four points ahead of the Pack.  Both clubs enter the weekend winning two straight.

Outlook Ahead…

  • After this weekend, Hartford will have three games at home and two on the road.
  • Opponents include:
    • Providence
    • Lehigh Valley
    • Springfield
    • Binghamton (2)