Game 10 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Utica

Friday, November 11, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms On The Road Again

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Utica Comets live from the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY. The puck drops at 7:00 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.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (5-3-1) are back on the road tonight in Utica, New York to kick off a three-game weekend. They'll be looking for their fourth straight win after seemingly getting things back on track with three wins last week.

The Utica Comets (2-7-1) are off to a slow start this season, but have several talented players and highly touted up and coming prospects across all positions - including Jake Virtanen, who was reassigned by the Vancouver Canucks to get into some game action in Utica this weekend.

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: 9 games played, 5-3-1-0 = 11 points
3rd Place Atlantic Division

UTI: 10 games played, 2-7-1-0 = 5 points
7th Place North Division

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (9GP, 3G-9A), T.J. Brennan (9GP, 3G-7A) and Greg Carey (9GP, 6G-2A)
UTI: Michael Chaput (10GP, 2G-11A), Jordan Subban (9GP, 4G-7A) and Alexandre Grenier (10GP, 4G-6A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (2GP. 0-1-1, 4.97 GAA, .855 SV%, 0 SO)
UTI: Richard Bachman (6GP, 2-4-0, 3.53 GAA, .874 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the first of four meetings between the Phantoms and Comets this season.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, November 11th: Lehigh Valley at Utica - 7:00 p.m. ET
Sunday January 8th: Utica at Lehigh Valley - 5:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, February 19th: Lehigh Valley at Utica - 3:00 p.m. ET
Saturday, March 11th: Utica at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Anthony Stolarz has started the team's last four games, and there's no reason to believe he won't get the start in net tonight in Utica as well as Sunday in Hershey, leaving Alex Lyon to get in net at home on Saturday. EDIT: Lyon is getting the start in net tonight, leaving Stolarz with a possible back-to-back situation as the Phantoms face two tough opponents Saturday (Toronto) and Sunday (Hershey)

Roman Lyubimov and Scott Laughton were reassigned to the Phantoms this week, and although Lyubimov was merely a paper transaction it appears that Laughton will be in the AHL for the team being - removed from LTIR by Philadelphia and assigned to Lehigh Valley.

Robert Hagg (head) did not practice this week and isn't expected to play this weekend. Max Lamarche is expected to make his season debut.

Andy Miele was banged up in last Saturday's game, and his status is questionable entering this weekend's games.

Expected Scratches: Robert Hagg (head), Tyrell Goulbourne, Andy Miele (upper body) and Petr Straka

Expected Lines 

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

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

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

Recent Transactions

11/10: DEL - F Roman Lyubimov recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
11/9: ADD - C Scott Laughton returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
11/9: ADD - F Roman Lyubimov loaned from Philadelphia (NHL)
11/7: DEL - C Scott Laughton  recalled from loan to Philadelphia (NHL)
11/3: ADD - C Scott Laughton conditioning loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
10/27: ADD - LW Taylor Leier returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)


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