Tuesday's Talk 10/25

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Tanner Glass finds himself back in the AHL in 2016-17. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
A new weekly feature this season to generate discussion during the week.

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

Editor's Note: Each week, the plan is to have this weekly feature available for more discussion during the week. While Phantoms/Flyers related questions will be a center of focus, any AHL-related questions are welcome and will be answered here each week.

To submit your questions for next week's edition of Tuesday's Talk, you can simply leave your question in the comments section of this or any article on the website. You can also ask your questions via FaceBook or Twitter (links are in the byline of this article).

AHL teams are starting to get back into the regular routine, and while there is still plenty of chemistry yet to be formed among lines and defense pairings it won't be too long before the kinks are worked out and the top minor league to the NHL is back in full-swing - developing prospects and readying them for the next step.

Training camps this season were interesting in the fact that several long-time NHL players didn't make the cut, thus being waived and reassigned to the AHL. This week's topic takes a look at how hockey is evolving to a young man's game and the amount of experienced NHL guys are skating in the minors this fall.

Of course, your questions are answered after the jump!

Phantoms Post-Game EXTRA 10/22

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Alex Lyon made his pro debut tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Editor's Note: Testing out a potential new regular story to follow up the post-game recaps this season, tying everything together and giving some final thoughts/insights before moving forward to the next one.

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms looked like they were in trouble again for the second straight night, but in the third period they turned up the heat and started to take over the game - overcoming two third period deficits on their way to managing a point in the standings.

It was almost like the flick of a switch early in the third period, and there it was - dominating offensive pressure and top notch scoring chances. If not for quite a few hit posts that went "post-out instead of post-in" as Phantoms forward Greg Carey referred to them, the outcome of the game could have been very different.

Still, it's only the third game of the season. There are a ton of new players learning to gel together as a team and learning new systems and new tendencies from their teammates. I'm going to go back and edit in some telling quotes from head coach Scott Gordon in tonight's post game recap later, but I'll paraphrase him below.

Basically, Gordon said that the talent and the offensive ability is there on this roster. It's just a matter of putting it all together on the ice and coming to the rink ready to work and out-work the opponent. Playing the game "the right way" will allow this team as currently constructed to have success.

Here it is. Your Phantoms post-game extra. I'll try to tie everything together to give a greater understanding of what's going on with the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate and their top prospects playing at the pro-level.

If you missed it, here's tonight's recap of the action.

Phantoms Battle Back, Manage Point in OT Loss

Corban Knight tallied his first as a member of the Phantoms tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey

Resilient Phantoms Force Overtime Against Hartford

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

Allentown - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1-1-1) didn't win tonight against the Hartford Wolf Pack (2-1-0), but possibly showed a glimpse of how quickly they can turn things around - overcoming deficits of 3-1 and 4-3 in the third period before falling in overtime.

Hartford appeared to take a commanding 3-1 lead into the third period with a pair of power play goals late in the the middle frame, but Lehigh Valley stepped up in the third - out shooting the Wolf Pack 12-5 and finding the back of the net with regularity.

Andy Miele, Mark Zengerle and Chris Conner all scored goals for Lehigh Valley in the third period - forcing the first 3-on-3 overtime game of the season in front of a near-sellout crowd of 7,892 fans. Unfortunately for the home fans, the game ended 1:55 into overtime when Hartford's Nicklas Jensen lasered a shot past rookie goaltender Alex Lyon - handing Lyon the loss in his regular season pro debut.

All things considered, with Hartford off on Friday night watching the Phantoms' play Bridgeport, Phantoms head coach Scott Gordon was pleased with the way his team was able to battle back in the third period in the tail end of a back-to-back set. Even in the third game of the season, a point in the standings is critical and you take them anytime you can get them.

Moving forward, the Phantoms have a tough stretch of games coming up on the schedule. Ten of the next 13 games are on the road - including five straight starting with a three-in-three set next weekend. The Phantoms' next home game isn't until November 5th.

Game 3 Preview: Hartford at Lehigh Valley

Phantoms are back at it tonight at home against the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Host Hartford at 7:05 p.m. ET

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information this evening. Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1-1-0) look to bounce back from a disappointing Friday night loss to Bridgeport when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack (1-1-0) tonight at the PPL Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tonight will mark the first of eight potential contests between the Carey brothers. Greg Carey plays for the Phantoms, while his younger brother Matt plays for the Wolf Pack. Both wear #10. Talk about a newfound sibling rivalry.

After tonight's game, the Phantoms begin a grueling stretch of games with 10 of their next 13 on the road - including a season-high five straight road contests. Lehigh Valley's next home game isn't until November 5th against Springfield.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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Saturday's Morning Skate 10/22

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers worked their way to two points in Allentown Friday night. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
 Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

There were no shortage of surprises Friday night in the AHL's Atlantic Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were shutout at home, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms made poor decisions with the puck in their loss to Bridgeport and the Providence Bruins are off to a 1-3-0 start.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are back at it tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Hartford Wolf Pack. We'll have full coverage of tonight's game, so stay tuned here and on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock.

After the jump, a look around the Atlantic Division as well as a look ahead to Saturday's games.

Atlantic Division Standings (through 10/21's games)

1. Springfield Thunderbirds, 3 games played, 2-1-0-0 = 4 points (0.667 PCT)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3 games played, 2-1-0-0 = 4 points (0.667 PCT)
3. W-B/Scranton Penguins, 2 games played, 1-1-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
4. Hartford Wolf Pack, 2 game played, 1-0-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
5. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2 games played, 1-1-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
6. Providence Bruins, 4 game played, 1-3-0-0 = 2 points (0.250 PCT)
7. Hershey Bears, 2 game played, 0-2-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)