Game 14 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Providence

Friday, November 18, 2016
Phantoms In Providence Tonight

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Providence Bruins. 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 (9-3-1) are nearing the end of a tough 13-game stretch with 10 of those 13 on the road, and face a struggling Providence Bruins squad (4-6-2-1) while riding a seven-game win streak of their own.

The Phantoms made some roster moves in recent days, sending forward Tyrell Goulbourne to the Reading Royals (ECHL) to get in some game action having not played since November 2nd while sitting as the Phantoms' healthy scratch at forward.

Jordan Weal was banged up Wednesday and did participate in the morning skate in Providence, but Lehigh Valley called up forward Steven Swavely from Reading as an insurance policy in case Weal can't give it a go tonight.

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: 13 games played, 9-3-1-0 = 19 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division

PRO: 13 games played, 4-6-2-1 = 11 points
6th Place Atlantic Division

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 15-for-63: 23.8% = 5th in AHL

PRO - 6-for-50: 12.0% = 27th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 44-for-51: 86.3% = T12th in AHL
PRO - 45-for-50: 90.0% = 3rd in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (13GP, 4G-11A), T.J. Brennan (13GP, 4G-9A) and Greg Carey (13GP, 8G-3A)
PRO: Peter Cehlarik (10GP, 5G-5A), Jordan Szwarz (13GP, 5G-5A) and Alex Grant (12GP, 3G-6A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (5GP. 3-1-1, 2.59 GAA, .920 SV%, 0 SO)
PRO: Malcolm Subban (8GP, 1-6-1, 3.31 GAA, .888 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the second of six meetings between the Phantoms and PBruins this season. The Phantoms defeated Providence 4-2 when Lehigh Valley visited the Dunkin Donuts Center two weeks ago.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, November 4th: Lehigh Valley - 4 at Providence - 2
Friday, November 18th: Lehigh Valley at Providence - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, December 17th: Providence at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, January 21st: Providence at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 5th: Lehigh Valley at Providence - 3:05 p.m. ET

Friday, April 14th: Providence at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes 

Alex Lyon is expected to get the start in net tonight for Lehigh Valley, coming off three straight wins where he's allowed just one goal in each game.

Jordan Weal was banged up in Wednesday's win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but took part in today's morning skate in Providence.

The Phantoms reassigned Tyrell Goulbourne to Reading to get him into some game action following a six-game stint as a healthy scratch. With Weal's status uncertain, the Phantoms called up forward Steven Swavely from Reading as insurance in case Weal can't play.

Andy Miele and Robert Hagg both remained out of practice, and Scott Gordon confirmed the two are getting closer to returning to practice and could be back as soon as next week. They won't play this week.

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

Expected Lines 

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

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

Alex Lyon - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

11/18: ADD - F Steven Swavely returned on loan from Reading (ECHL)
11/17: DEL - F Tyrell Goulbourne loaned to Reading (ECHL)
11/15: ADD - G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan by Lehigh Valley (AHL)
11/14: DEL - G Anthony Stolarz recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
11/10: DEL - F Roman Lyubimov recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
11/9: ADD - C Scott Laughton returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)


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