Game 61 Preview: Lehigh Valley at W-B/Scranton

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
The Phantoms take on rival W-B/Scranton tonight for the 10th time this season. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. 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. Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (27-28-2-3) take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (35-19-4-1) tonight for their 10th meeting of the season. While the Penguins own the season series with a record of 5-3-1-0 against Lehigh Valley this season, the Phantoms don't have a choice if they want to stay in the playoff race - they must take the two points on the line at Mohegan Sun Arena tonight.

For all the latest in-game updates and information, make sure you're following me on Twitter both at @TonyAndrock for Phantoms news/notes and @H_P_Hockey for Penguins news/notes. I'll have a recap of the action here online shortly following the game complete with reaction from the players and head coach Scott Gordon.

Some great follows for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins coverage are their two daily beat reporters Tom Venesky (@TLTomVenesky) and Seth Lasko (@CVSethLasko). Two of the best in the business.

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

By The Numbers

LV: 59 games played, 27-28-2-3 = 59 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 4-4-0-2
Streak: 0-2-0-0

WBS: 59 games played, 35-19-4-1 = 75 points
2nd Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 3-5-2-0
Streak: 1-0-0-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 17.1% - 16th in AHL
WBS: 19.2% - 7th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 82.9% - 16th in AHL
WBS: 84.2% - 11th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV:  Chris Conner (43GP, 12G-29A), Taylor Leier (55GP,18G-21A), Petr Straka (50GP, 18G-16A), Danick Martel (52GP, 20G-11A)

WBS: Dustin Jeffrey (48GP, 14G-36A), Carter Rowney (58GP, 17G-22A), Dominik Simon (53GP, 18G-20A), Will O'Neill (57GP, 7G-31A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (19-14-5, 2.49 GAA, .919 SV%, 0 SO)
WBS: Brian Foster (2-3-1, 3.15 GAA, .870 SV%, 1 SO)

Season Series

This is the 10th of 12 scheduled meetings between Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. The Penguins lead the season series with a 5-3-1-0 record against the Phantoms entering tonight's game.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Mark Alt (8GP, 1G-2A), Taylor Leier (9GP, 3G-2A), Chris Conner (5GP, 2G-3A), Colin McDonald (7GP, 3G-1A)

WBS: Will O'Neill (8GP, 3G-7A), Dominik Simon (7GP, 4G-4A), Tom Kostopoulos (8GP, 3G-3A),

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Anthony Stolarz (5GP, 2-3-0, 3.76 GAA, .865 SV%, 0 SO)
       Jason LaBarbera (5GP, 2-2-0, 2.52 GAA, .910 SV%, 1 SO)

WBS: Brian Foster (1GP, 0-1-0, 3.09 GAA, .842 SV% 0 SO)
           Franky Palazzese - No Stats

Season Series Schedule

Sat. 10/17, Lehigh Valley - 4 at W-B/Scranton - 6
Fri. 12/4, Lehigh Valley - 3 at W-B/Scranton - 1
Fri. 12/11, W-B/Scranton - 4 at Lehigh Valley - 0
Wed. 12/16, W-B/Scranton - 3 at Lehigh Valley - 0
Sun. 12/27, Lehigh Valley - 3 at W-B/Scranton - 0
Fri. 1/8, W-B/Scranton - 4 at Lehigh Valley - 3
Fri. 1/29, W-B/Scranton - 3 at Lehigh Valley - 4 (OT)
Sat. 1/30, Lehigh Valley - 5 at W-B/Scranton - 3
Fri. 3/4, W-B/Scranton - 3 at Lehigh Valley - 0
Wed. 3/9, Lehigh Valley at W-B/Scranton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Fri. 4/8, Lehigh Valley at W-B/Scranton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Fri. 4/15. W-B/Scranton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Anthony Stolarz could make his 11th straight start in net tonight for the Phantoms. Martin Ouellette has been reassigned to Reading, meaning Jason LaBarbera is ready to return at the very least in a backup role.

Defenseman Mark Alt practiced Monday, but did not skate Tuesday in practice though head coach Scott Gordon wouldn't rule him out for the games this week.

Tim Brent and Kevin Sundher skated in a regular jersey at practice in Whitehall this week, and both are getting closer to returning to the lineup.

The college free agent frenzy has begun, and the Philadelphia Flyers made a splash in signing Reading, PA native Steven Swavely to an amateur tryout contract. Swavely just finished his senior season at the University of Maine, where he captained the Black Bears this season.

Scratches from Saturday's Game: Mark Alt (undisclosed), Kevin Sundher (lower body since 12/27), Tyrell Goulbourne (healthy), Michael Parks (upper body since 10/17), Jason LaBarbera (upper body), Tim Brent (hand/wrist surgery) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely).

Phantoms Lines (Starters in Bold/Italics):

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

Davis Drewiske (A) - Christian Marti
Sam Morin - Max Lamarche
Adam Comrie - Robert Hagg

Anthony Stolarz - Jason LaBarbera

Penguins Lines (Starters in Bold/Italics)

Kael Mouillierat - Dustin Jeffrey - Dominik Simon
Matthias Plachta - Carter Rowney - Tom Kostopoulos
Ty Loney - Jean-Sebastien Dea - Josh Archibald
Derek Army - Jarrett Burton - Patrick McGrath

Ryan Parent - Steve Oleksy
Will O'Neill - Barry Goers
Reid McNeill - Tim Erixon

Brian Foster - Franky Palazzese

Recent Transactions - Phantoms

3/8: ADD - C Steven Swavely added on an ATO
3/6: DEL - G Martin Ouellette loaned to Reading (ECHL)
3/1: DEL - D Jesper Pettersson returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/29: DEL - C Nick Cousins recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
2/29: ADD - C Nick Cousins returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
2/28: ADD - D Jesper Pettersson recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/26: DEL - RW Pavel Padakin returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/22: ADD - LW Dalton Smith signed to a professional tryout contract (PTO)


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