Game 3 Preview: Hartford at Lehigh Valley

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Phantoms are back at it tonight at home against the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Host Hartford at 7:05 p.m. ET

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

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 along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock and 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.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1-1-0) look to bounce back from a disappointing Friday night loss to Bridgeport when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack (1-1-0) tonight at the PPL Center. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

Tonight will mark the first of eight potential contests between the Carey brothers. Greg Carey plays for the Phantoms, while his younger brother Matt plays for the Wolf Pack. Both wear #10. Talk about a newfound sibling rivalry.

After tonight's game, the Phantoms begin a grueling stretch of games with 10 of their next 13 on the road - including a season-high five straight road contests. Lehigh Valley's next home game isn't until November 5th against Springfield.

After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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By The Numbers

Leading Scorers

LV: Danick Martel (2GP, 2G-0A), T.J. Brennan (2GP, 1G-1A), Chris Conner (2GP, 0G-2A)
HFD: Philip McRae (2GP, 1G-2A), John Gilmour (2GP, 1G-1A), Marek Hrivik (2GP, 1G-1A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (1st AHL start)
HFD: Magnus Hellberg (1GP, 1-0-0, 3.01 GAA, .903 SV%, SO)

Season Series

This is the first of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Wolf Pack this season.

Season Series Schedule

Saturday, October 22nd: Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, October 28th: Lehigh Valley at Hartford - 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, November 2nd: Lehigh Valley at Hartford - 11:00 a.m. ET
Saturday, November 26th: Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, January 6th: Lehigh Valley at Hartford - 7:15 p.m. ET
Friday, February 17th: Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, February 18th: Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 4th: Lehigh Valley at Hartford - 3:00 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Alex Lyon will get the start in net for the Phantoms tonight. Anthony Stolarz, who played last night, will serve as the backup tonight.

The Phantoms loaned defensemen Max Lamarche back to Reading (ECHL) in advance of this weekend's games, leaving the AHL roster with six defensemen who are all expected to play tonight. EDIT: Lamarche was called back up to Lehigh Valley. After tonight's game, the Phantoms have five straight road games and will likely want to take a 7th defenseman on the road trips.

Forward Derek Mathers was loaned to the ECHL's Allen Americans earlier this week. The move leaves the Phantoms with 14 healthy forwards.

Before the regular season began, head coach Scott Gordon said if Cole Bardreau wasn't in the lineup for the season opener against Springfield, he'd "definitely" be in the lineup the following weekend. That doesn't appear to be the case this weekend, as it looks like the only lineup change will be in net.

Expected Scratches: Cole Bardreau, Max Lamarche and Petr Straka

Expected Lines

Greg Carey - Andy Miele (A) - Chris Conner
Taylor Leier - Mark Zengerle - Colin McDonald (C)
Danick Martel - Jordan Weal - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Tyrell Goulbourne - Radel Fazleev - Corban Knight

T.J. Brennan - Reece Willcox
Sam Morin - Will O'Neill (A)
Robert Hagg - Travis Sanheim

Alex Lyon - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

10/19: DEL - D Max Lamarche loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/18: DEL - F Derek Mathers loaned to Allen (ECHL)
10/16: ADD - D Max Lamarche returned on loan from Reading (ECHL)
10/15: DEL - D Max Lamarache loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/15: DEL - D Jesper Pettersson loaned to Reading (ECHL)
10/12: ADD - F Jordan Weal loaned to Lehigh Valley (AHL) from Philadelphia (NHL)

Hartford Wolf Pack

Roster Notes

Magnus Hellberg is expected to get the start in net for the Wolf Pack tonight. Mackenzie Skapski will serve as the team's backup goaltender.

Expected Scratches: Calle Andersson and Tanner Glass

Expected Lines

Malte Stromwall - Cristoval Nieves - Robin Kovacs
Justin Fontaine - Marek Hrivik - Nicklas Jensen
Adam Tambellini - Philip McRae - Chris Brown
Matt Carey - Steven Fogarty - Michael Joly

Mat Bodie - John Gilmour
Ryan Graves - Michael Paliotta
Chris Summers - Tommy Hughes

Magnus Hellberg - Mackenzie Skapski

Recent Transactions

10/16: ADD - F Justin Fontaine loaned from NY Rangers (NHL)


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