Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Bears/Pirates Preview

Portland Pirates (21-19-2-5, 49 points)
Hershey Bears (30-9-5-5, 70 points)

Television: B2Networks ($6.00)
Radio: Bears Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490-AM, 960-AM)
Gametime: 7:00 PM ET

The Bears should have Frederic Cassivi back in goal tonight as they host the Portland Pirates from the Giant Center in Hershey. It will be the first time the Pirates have played in Hershey since the memorable game 7 in the Eastern Conference Championship series last year.

Cassivi, who was recalled to the NHL this past weekend to backup Olie Kolzig, was noticeably absent for the Capitals practice this morning. The team's normal backup Brent Johnson was able to participate in the practice and declared himself ready for tomorrow night's game against the Kings. While no move has officially been made yet, it should come in time for Cassivi to play in tonight's game.

The Portland Pirates limp into today's game having won only once in their last eight games and only twice in their last eighteen. A big decline from their successful season last year and their first place standing up to December 23rd.

Hershey is currently in second place in the East Division just five points behind the Norfolk Admirals who host the Albany River Rats at 7:15 PM ET.

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