A five-game winning streak has kept the in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.
With six games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season, they have regained full control of their own destiny.
The Bears are scheduled to visit the Binghamton Senators Friday night, visit the Springfield Falcons Saturday night and host Binghamton Sunday.
Here are five things to watch this week:
1. Tough sledding. The Bears have to continue amassing points amid competition that is stiffer than they faced last week. Binghamton (.629 points percentage) and Springfield (.662) are two of the top teams.
2. Alumni watch. Former Bears Patrick McNeill, Andrew Joudrey and Ryan Craig play for Springfield, which is coached by former Bears captain Brad Larsen.
3. Widening net. Much of Hershey's standings focus has been on passing Norfolk (81 points), which it has done. But the eighth-place Bears (82 points) have also moved within a point of seventh-place Albany (83) and have a game in hand.
4. Hello again. Sunday's Binghamton game will be Hershey's first at Giant Center since March 29. The Bears (22-10-1-3 at Giant Center) have achieved their best home victory total since 2009-10, when they won a club-record 34 home games.
5. Club 40. The Bears (37-25-4-4) are closing on the 40-win mark, which they haven't achieved since winning 46 in 2010-11. Hershey won 40-plus games in each of the first six seasons of the affiliation with the Washington Capitals, which began in 2005-06.
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