Game 68 Preview: Hartford at Lehigh Valley

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Phantoms host Hartford tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET. Photo: Nina Weiss/The Home News
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 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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Fresh off snapping their eight-game winless streak, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (28-32-4-3) look to conclude their four-game home stand tonight with two straight wins when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack (36-27-3-0) for the final time this season.

While the Phantoms are out of the playoff race, the Wolf Pack are fighting for their playoff lives entering tonight's contest tied for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with Portland. Hartford is doing everything in their power to make a run toward the postseason, unbeaten in regulation in their last eight games (7-0-1) and playing some really good hockey.

He won't be in the lineup tonight, but Lehigh Valley has added Philadelphia Flyers' 5th round pick in 2014 - Swedish-born forward Oskar Lindblom - to an amateur tryout contract (ATO) for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. He joins defenseman Reece Willcox and forward Steven Swavely as young players the Phantoms' have added on ATO's. 

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: 67 games played, 28-32-4-3 = 63 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 2-6-2-0
Streak: 1-0-0

HFD: 66 games played, 36-27-3-0 = 75 points
6th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 8-1-1-0
Streak: 7-0-1-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 17.0% - 14th in AHL
HFD: 12.0% - 30th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 82.2% - 19th in AHL
HFD: 82.8% - 16th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV:  Chris Conner (50GP, 16G-32A), Taylor Leier (62GP, 18G-26A), Petr Straka (57GP, 19G-17A), Danick Martel (59GP, 21G-12A)

HFD: Chad Nehring (66GP, 20G-22A), Marek Hrivik (62GP, 10G-28A), Jayson Megna (58GP, 12G-21A), Mat Bodie (66GP, 6G-24A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Martin Ouellette (1-3-0, 4.69 GAA, .870 SV%, 0 SO)
HFD: Magnus Hellberg (27-16-3, 2.39 GAA, .918 SV%, 3 SO)

Season Series

This is the sixth and final scheduled meeting between Lehigh Valley and Hartford this season. The Phantoms are 1-3-0-1 against the Wolf Pack this season. The Phantoms had an early advantage two weeks ago at the XL Center in Hartford, but squandered the lead in a regulation loss that squashed their hopes of making a run at the postseason.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Chris Conner (5GP, 3G-1A), Petr Straka (5GP, 1G-1A), Taylor Leier (4GP, 1G-1A)

HFD: Jayson Megna (4GP, 2G-4A), Mat Bodie (5GP, 2G-2A), Chad Nehring (5GP, 0G-3A)

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Martin Ouellette - No Stats
       Connor Knapp - No Stats
HFD: Magnus Hellberg - (3GP, 2-1-0, 1.63 GAA, .943 SV%, 0 SO)
          Jeff Malcolm - (1GP, 1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, ,933 SV%, 0 SO)
Season Series Schedule

Sunday 2/28, Lehigh Valley - 2 at Hartford - 1
Saturday 3/12, Lehigh Valley - 2 at Hartford - 4
Saturday 3/26, Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Martin Ouellette gets the start in net tonight.

Two lineup changes from Friday's game, as Max Lamarche and Pavel Padakin are in and Christian Marti and Dalton Smith are out.

The Phantoms have signed Flyers' 2014-5th round pick Oskar Lindblom to an ATO for the remainder of the season. The Swedish-born forward is not expected to be in the lineup tonight, but could make his AHL debut in the Phantoms' next game next weekend in St. John's.
Scratches: Jason LaBarbera (lower body), Michael Parks (upper body), Christian Marti (healthy), Dalton Smith (healthy) , Jay Rosehill (healthy), Reece Willcox (healthy) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely)

Lines (Starters in Bold/Italics):

Petr Straka - Tim Brent - Danick Martel
Taylor Leier - Cole Bardreau - Colin McDonald
Aaron Palushaj - Phil DeSimone - Chris Conner
Tyrell Goulbourne - Steven Swavely - Dalton Smith

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

Martin Ouellette - Connor Knapp

Recent Transactions

3/26: ADD - F Oskar Lindblom signed to ATO
3/21: ADD - G Connor Knapp recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/21: DEL - F Joe Rehkamp released from PTO
3/21: ADD - RW Pavel Padakin recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/21: ADD - D Reece Willcox signed to ATO
3/20: ADD - G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
3/20: DEL - G Anthony Stolarz recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)

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