CHANCE TO ADVANCE

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Providence Bruins meet in Game Three of the Atlantic Division Semifinals tonight at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and the Pens are looking to wrap up the opening round in quick fashion.

Will the visitors be able to complete the sweep?  That’s to be seen.  But here are a few numbers that do paint the Pens future in a favorable light.

The Penguins have played in 35 previous playoff series.  They’ve had a chance to win 23 of those, and have won 21.  In games where they had a chance to clinch a series, the Penguins have posted a 21-9 record.

The only times the Pens have failed to advance when holding a chance to clinch came in the 2009 East Division Finals against the Hershey Bears (Pens lead the series 3-2, lost 4-3) and the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals against the St. John’s IceCaps (series tied 3-3, IceCaps won 4-3).

In their previous two playoff meetings with the Bruins, the Penguins have had three chances to close out a series, and have posted a 2-1 record in those contests.

BEST OF FIVE:  This is the sixth best-of-five series in which the Penguins have participated.  They’ve won four of the first five (the 2001 Western Conference Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse, 3-2; the 2013 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Binghamton, 3-0; the 2014 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Binghamton, 3-2; the 2015 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Syracuse, 3-0).  The only loss came in the 2003 Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Grand Rapids Griffins, who took the series in four games.

IN GAME THREE:  The Penguins have a 19-5 mark in Game Threes, and a 9-5 record on the road.

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