The Atlantic Division-leading Hershey Bears are closing in on their first division title since the 2015-16 season.
The lead is slim, and the Bears will face a major three-game test in New England this weekend.
Hershey will take its lead to third-place Hartford on Friday and Saturday, followed by second-place Providence on Sunday afternoon. Providence trails the Bears by two points in the Atlantic, and Hartford is just three points behind first place.
Action starts Friday night at 7:15 against Hartford.