Game 50 Preview: Portland at Lehigh Valley

Friday, February 12, 2016
The Phantoms and Pirates battled in Portland back in the beginning of January. 
I'll be live from PPL Center tonight with full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Portland Pirates. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following me on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and now on Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information this evening.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (23-23-2-1) look to continue on in their lengthy home stand at the PPL Center tonight when they host the Portland Pirates (26-18-1-0 ). After a win Wednesday night against Binghamton, the Phantoms have two more games this weekend to continue picking up points in the standings in an attempt to get back into the playoff conversation.

These two teams played it close in both of their previous affairs up in Maine, and while the Phantoms need to keep winning games to close the gap in the Atlantic Division the Pirates enter tonight's game on a three-game losing skid and will be looking to get back on track.

News, notes, stats, numbers and a whole bunch more after the jump.

By The Numbers

LV: 49 games played, 23-23-2-1 = 49 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 6-4-0-0
Streak: 1-0-0

POR: 46 games played, 26-18-1-0 = 53 points
3rd Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0
Streak: 0-3-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 17.1% - 15th in AHL
POR: 14.9% - 25th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 82.7% - 16th in AHL
POR: 85.0% - 8th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV: Andrew MacDonald (42GP, 5G-30A), Taylor Leier (44GP, 15G-16A), Chris Conner (32GP, 11G-20A), Danick Martel (41GP, 17G-11A)

POR: Rob Schremp (45GP, 17G-16A), Shane Harper (40GP, 6G-21A), Kyle Rau (44GP, 15G-9A), Cameron Gaunce (45GP, 2G-19A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Jason LaBarbera (7-11-0, 3.05 GAA, .896 SV%, 1 SO)
POR: Mike McKenna (21-10-1, 2.37 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO)

Season Series

This is the 3rd of 4 scheduled meetings between Lehigh Valley and Portland this season. The Phantoms are 1-0-1-0 against the Pirates this season, splitting a pair of back-to-back games in Maine at the beginning of the 2016 calendar year.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Cole Bardreau (2GP, 1G-1A), Sam Morin (2GP, 0G-2A), Tyrell Goulbourne (2GP, 0G-2A)

POR: Kyle Rau (2GP, 2G-0A), Rob Schremp (2GP, 1G-1A), Rocco Grimaldi (2GP, 0G-2A)

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Jason LaBarbera (1GP, 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .974 SV%, 0 SO)
       Anthony Stolarz (1GP, 0-0-1, 3.89 GAA, .875 SV%, 0 SO)

POR: Mike McKenna (1GP, 1-0-0, 2.91 GAA, .906 SV%, 0 SO)
          Sam Brittain (1GP, 0-1-0, 2.03 GAA, .917 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series Schedule

Saturday 1/2, Lehigh Valley - 3 at Portland - 4 (OT)
Sunday 1/3, Lehigh Valley - 2 at Portland - 1
Saturday 2/12, Portland at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday 3/20, Portland at Lehigh Valley - 5:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Anthony Stolarz is back with the team after being reassigned following Thursday's practice. Subsequently, Martin Ouellette was returned to Reading. First reported here, we had that news Wednesday night.

Petr Straka returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing exactly one month due to injury. He admitted after Wednesday's win that his conditioning wasn't quite up to par, but the lead allowed Straka more ice time in the third to get in a good workout.

Christian Marti, Robert Hagg and Maxim Lamarche have been rotating as the 7th defenseman in Lehigh Valley's 11 forward/seven defensemen lineup. Wednesday night, Lamarche was the healthy scratch.

It's possible that the Phantoms will dress their first normal (12 forwards, six defensemen) lineup since January 10th's game. It's been 11F/7D for Lehigh Valley the last 10 games.

Scratches: Robert Hagg (healthy), Kevin Sundher (lower body since 12/27), Michael Parks (upper body since 10/17), Pavel Padakin (healthy), Tim Brent (hand/wrist surgery), Jay Rosehill (undisclosed) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely)

Lines (Starters in Bold/Italics)

Petr Straka - Cole Bardreau - Colin McDonald (C)
Taylor Leier - Phil DeSimone - Chris Conner
Danick Martel - Kevin Goumas - Aaron Palushaj
Tyrell Goulbourne - Joe Rehkamp - xxxxxxxxxxxx

Andrew MacDonald (A) - Christian Marti
Sam Morin - Mark Alt
Davis Drewiske (A) - Max Lamarche
Adam Comrie

Jason LaBarbera - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

2/11: G Anthony Stolarz returned on loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
2/11: G Martin Ouellette loaned to Reading (ECHL)
2/5: C Nick Cousins recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
2/4: G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/2: G Anthony Stolarz recalled on loan by Philadelphia (NHL)


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