Monday's Catch Up & Lunch Links 11/3

Monday, November 3, 2014
The shortages on defense continue in both the Penguins and Flyers organizations.
October has come and gone and after the first month of the season there are no shortage of surprises in the AHL. Personally, it's been a little different for me in 2014-15 as I've been traveling to several different games and covering the league on a much broader scope than my regular Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coverage.

I'm sure by now you have noticed that in addition to covering the Penguins this season, that I have been keeping tab on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for The Home News as well in what is the Phantoms' inaugural season. I've also picked up some more AHL work with Hockey's Future, linked below in the weekly links.

This Monday, we'll look at last week for the Penguins and Phantoms as well as all of the injuries piling up in both organizations in addition to the weekly links for extra reading.

Penguins Swept In Norfolk

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (5-5-1-0) are coming off an unsuccessful trip to Norfolk, a two-game set in which they lost both games and earned just one of a possible four points.

Injuries and call ups are no stranger to the Penguins organization and it's no different in Wilkes-Barre.

Olli Maatta is undergoing treatment for a tumor on his thyroid, so the Pens recalled Scott Harrington. Derrick Pouliot skated in a red no-contact jersey today. Josh Archibald was a full participant in practice and looks to be ready to return to the lineup, per WBS beat writer Jonathan Bombulie. The Penguins have re-assigned forward Beau Bennett to the AHL Penguins on a conditioning stint.

Updated WBS Injury Report (through Monday's practice)

Ready to Return: Josh Archibald (upper body)
Day-to-day: Barry Goers (upper body) and Derrick Pouliot (upper body)
Week-to-week: Jeff Zatkoff (lower body), Nick Drazenovic (lower body) and Anton Zlobin (upper body)

Battered Phantoms Hit The Road

Though no one in the locker room is using it as an excuse, as I talked to forwards Nick Cousins and Andrew Gordon about it after Saturday night's home loss, injuries are starting to catch up to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (4-3-1-0), particularly on defense.

With Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald out in Philadelphia and Mark Alt (upper body) and Steven Delisle (upper body) on the Phantoms injured list, the blue line depth is certainly being tested.

The Flyers signed Carlo Colaiacovo on defense and recalled Brandon Manning, but re-assigned Shayne Gostisbehere back to the Phantoms. Ghostisbehere's presence on the blue line should benefit the Phantoms power play, who has seen a committee of defensemen getting time on the man advantage

The Phantoms are winless in their last three games (0-2-1-0) and embark on a road trip through the Northeast, starting Wednesday night in Worcester against the Sharks. 

Weekly Links

While you're still thinking Phantoms, take a look at my feature on Flyers top prospect Scott Lauhgton. The rookie forward has had quite a start to the first full season of his professional career.

This season at Hockey's Future, I previewed every American Hockey League (AHL) team by division and ended up with 12,896 words on AHL teams and players spread out amongst six articles. Stay tuned to Hockey's Future for league-wide updates on all of the top prospects in the AHL all season long. 


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