|Phantoms back home at PPL Center tonight. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey|
Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook
I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Toronto Marlies live from the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, PA. 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.
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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (6-3-1-0) enter tonight's game on a four-game winning streak following an impressive 4-1 win in Utica last night. They have a tough test in front of them, as the league's best Toronto Marlies (8-2-0-1) come to town following a 3-0 shutout of a tough Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins team last night in Wilkes-Barre.
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: 10 games played, 6-3-1-0 = 13 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
TOR: 11 games played, 8-2-0-1 = 17 points
1st Place North Division
LV: 12-for-52 = 23.1% (7th in AHL)
TOR: 14-for-53 = 26.4% (5th in AHL)
LV: 34-for-41 = 82.9% (18th in AHL)
TOR: 46-for-59 = 78.0 % (24th in AHL)
LV: Jordan Weal (10GP, 3G-9A), T.J. Brennan (10GP, 3G-7A) and Greg Carey (10GP, 6G-2A)
TOR: Brendan Leipsic (11GP, 4G-12A), Kasperi Kapanen (11GP, 7G-6A) and Andrew Neilsen (11GP, 3G-6A)
Expected Starting Goaltenders
LV: Anthony Stolarz (7GP. 5-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .928 SV%, 1 SO)
TOR: Antoine Bibeau (7GP, 6-1-0, 1.62 GAA, .939 SV%, 3 SO)
This is the first of two meetings between the Phantoms and Marlies this season. Lehigh Valley will be in Toronto on Tuesday, November 29th.
Season Series Schedule
Saturday, November 12th: Toronto at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday, November 29th: Lehigh Valley at Toronto - 7:00 p.m. ET
Lehigh Valley Phantoms
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 is out of action this weekend per head coach Scott Gordon following Friday's game in Utica.. Max Lamarche made his Phantoms' season debut last night, and should be back in the lineup tonight.
Andy Miele was banged up in last Saturday's game and also will be out of commission this weekend per head coach Scott Gordon
Expected Scratches: Robert Hagg (head), Tyrell Goulbourne, Andy Miele (upper body) and Petr Straka
Taylor Leier (A) - Scott Laughton - Colin McDonald (C)
Greg Carey - Jordan Weal - Chris Conner
Danick Martel - Cole Bardreau - Mark Zengerle
Corban Knight - Radel Fazleev - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
T.J. Brennan - Reece Willcox
Sam Morin - Travis Sanheim
Will O'Neill (A) - Max Lamarche
Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon
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)