The Connecticut Whale have been on such a hot streak over recent games that they now sit in soul possession of second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Whale’s record over their past ten games is 7-2-0-1, the best in the Atlantic. Only East Division Charlotte boasts the same streak over the same amount of games.
After taking two games from the Portland Pirates, and one from the Providence Bruins, the Whale (18-13-2-5) are at 43 points, good enough for a tie for fifth in the Eastern Conference.
A 3-0 loss against division-leading Manchester is the only blemish in recent matches.
One early challenge for the Whale comes this week, as they play four consecutive road games beginning Wednesday in Worcester against the Sharks. The Sharks are currently 4th in the Atlantic with 40 points, and although the Whale defeated the Sharks twice already this season, 4-3 on December 4th and 3-2 on December 17th, the Sharks do have Alex Stalock, who leads AHL goalies in both wins (13) and minutes played (1,737).
That is followed by a 2-game series against the Norfolk Admirals down in Virginia at the Norfolk Scope on Friday and Saturday. Although the Admirals are currently on a 5-game winless streak, they’re still at 44 points on the year. Thanks to AHL veteran Marc-Antoine Pouliot with 28 points in 26 games, the Admirals sit third in the East Division, and fourth in the Eastern Conference.
After a week layoff, the Whale hit the road once again, as they will head back to Portland to face the Pirates Friday the 14th.
The Whale will return home to start a three-game home stand, beginning Saturday the 15th against the Bruins. They will also play host to W-B/Scranton and Hamilton during that stand.