Game 54 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Springfield

Sunday, February 21, 2016
Phantoms look to finish weekend with win. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Springfield Falcons. The puck drops at 5:00 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 (24-25-2-2) look to finish their three-game weekend with a win when they take on the Springfeild Falcons - a team the Phantoms are 3-0 against this season. The Falcons are coming off not only the 2-1 loss to the Phantoms from Friday night but a 7-2 blowout loss to Hartford at home last night. 

The Phantoms have no time to waste in attempting to put together a final push towards postseason contention. With the 23 games left on their schedule. the Phantoms trail 4th place Bridgeport by nine points with one more game played than the Sound Tigers. The 5th place Providence Bruins are now only 6 points ahead of the Phantoms with two games in hand. The Bruins rematch the Hershey Bears tonight at Giant Center after falling 3-2 in regulation last night.

All of the regular news, notes, stats and more to get you ready for tonight's game in a full preview after the jump.

By The Numbers

LV: 53 games played, 24-25-2-2 = 52 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 5-4-0-1
Streak: 1-0-0-1

SPR: 51 games played, 19-25-3-4 = 45 points
8th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 3-4-2-1
Streak: 0-2-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 17.5% - 14th in AHL
SPR: 14.4% - 27th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 83.1% - 13th in AHL
SPR: 77.0% - 30th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV: Taylor Leier (48GP,17G-20A), Chris Conner (36GP, 12G-25A), Danick Martel (45GP, 18G-11A), Petr Straka (43GP, 17G-12A)

SPR: Dustin Jeffrey (41GP, 12G-27A), Greg Carey (46GP, 22G-11A), Alex Grant (51GP, 9G-22A), Craig Cunningham (39GP, 13G-16A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (16-11-4, 2.48 GAA, .915 SV%, 0 SO)
SPR: Marek Langhamer (4-5-1, 3.59 GAA, .883 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the 4th of four scheduled meetings between Lehigh Valley and Springfield this season. The Phantoms are 3-0 against the Falcons this season, taking it to them in Springfield in their 2nd game of the season, holding off a late rally to win in a shootout at home back on December 12th and hanging on for a 2-1 regulation win this Friday.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Petr Straka (3GP, 1G-5A), Chris Conner (2GP, 1G-3A), Danick Martel (3GP, 2G-0A)

SPR: Steven Delisle (3GP, 1G-2A), Ross Mauermann (3GP, 0G-2A), Laurent Dauphin (3GP, 0G-2A)

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Jason LaBarbera - No Stats
       Anthony Stolarz (3GP, 3-0-0, 1.95 GAA, .937 SV%, 0 SO)
SPR: Marek Langhamer - (1GP, 0-1-0, 2.04 GAA, .933 SV%, 0 SO)
         Josh Robinson - No Stats

Season Series Schedule

Sunday 2/21, Lehigh Valley at Springfield - 5:00 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Jason LaBarbera is expected to get the start in net tonight in Springfield after Anthony Stolarz appeared in net both Friday and Saturday at home.

Jay Rosehill returned to the Phantoms' lineup for just his 13th game this season, his first action since December 27th.

Christian Marti was a healthy scratch on the back end, giving the Phantoms their first 12 forward, six defensemen lineup since January 10th.

Colin McDonald (upper body) is expected to miss the rest of the weekend, though his injury isn't considered to be long term.

Scratches: Christian Marti (healthy) Kevin Sundher (lower body since 12/27), Colin McDonald (upper body), Michael Parks (upper body since 10/17), Pavel Padakin (healthy), Tim Brent (hand/wrist surgery) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely)

Lines from Saturday's Game:

Petr Straka - Cole Bardreau - Pavel Padakin
Taylor Leier (A) - Phil DeSimone - Chris Conner (A)
Danick Martel - Kevin Goumas - Aaron Palushaj
Tyrell Goulbourne - Joe Rehkamp - Jay Rosehill

Davis Drewiske (A) - Robert Hagg
Sam Morin - Mark Alt
Adam Comrie - Max Lamarche

Anthony Stolarz - Jason LaBarbera

Recent Transactions

2/18: RW Pavel Padakin recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/17: RW Pavel Padakin returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/13: D Andrew MacDonald recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
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)


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