With just nine games remaining in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's regular season, the team sits just outside of the playoff picture.
The top four teams in the division make the playoffs, and Wilkes-Barre's 74 points ranks them fifth, just behind the Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears, who are tied with 79 points. The playoffs are still very much obtainable for this team, but the top players are going to have to shift into another gear to make that push.
So far, Sam Lafferty is making that push.
Lafferty, 24, ranks fifth in scoring on Wilkes-Barre with 11 goals and 25 assists in 61 games in his rookie season. Every point matters now at this time of year, and Lafferty has upped his game.