Game 4 Preview - Lehigh Valley at Hartford

Friday, October 28, 2016
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 7:15 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 (1-1-1) hit the road this weekend for a three-game set that begins tonight at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut against the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate - the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-2-0)

Tonight's road game not only marks the Phantoms' first away from home but kicks off a season-high five-game road trip that will see Lehigh Valley play three games in three nights this weekend before a Wednesday afternoon game against these same Wolf Pack and a Friday night matchup with Providence.

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

LV: 3 games played, 1-1-1-0 = 3 points
5th Place Atlantic Division

HFD: 5 games played, 3-2-0-0 = 6 points
3rd Place Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers

LV: Danick Martel (3GP, 2G-1A), Andy Miele (3GP, 1G-2A), Chris Conner (3GP, 1G-2A)
HFD: Marek Hrivik (5GP, 2G-4A), John Gilmour (5GP, 2G-2A) and Nicklas Jensen (5GP, 2G-2A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (2GP. 1-1-0, 3.52 GAA, .891 SV%, 0 SO)
HFD: Magnus Hellberg (3GP, 3-0-0, 2.93 GAA, .893 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the second of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Wolf Pack this season. Hartford defeated Lehigh Valley in overtime in their first meeting last Saturday night at the PPL Center.

Season Series Schedule

Saturday, October 22nd: Hartford - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 4 (OT)
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

Anthony Stolarz is expected to get the start in net Friday night for Lehigh Valley, with Alex Lyon serving as the team's backup goaltender.

Tyrell Goulbourne left Thursday's practice early & didn't return after taking an errant puck and experienced what head coach Scott Gordon referred to it as tightness that didn't allow him to push when skating. He's not expected to play tonight.

Cole Bardreau is expected to make his regular season debut tonight for Lehigh Valley. He centered the fourth line during Thursday's practice.

Expected Scratches: Tyrell Goulbourne (lower body), Max Lamarche and Petr Straka

Expected Lines

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

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

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

Recent Transactions

10/27: ADD - F Taylor Leier returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
10/25: DEL - F Taylor Leier recalled by Philadelphia (NHL)
10/22: ADD - D Max Lamarche returned on loan from Reading (ECHL)
10/20: DEL - D Max Lamarche returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)

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.

The New York Rangers reassigned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hartford this afternoon.

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
*Dylan McIlrath

Magnus Hellberg - Mackenzie Skapski

Recent Transactions

10/28: ADD - D Dylan McIlrath loaned from NY Rangers (NHL)
10/16: ADD - F Justin Fontaine loaned from NY Rangers (NHL)


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