Game 17 Preview: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley

Friday, November 25, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey 
Phantoms back at it tonight against Binghamton

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Binghamton Senators. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. ET, but make sure you're following along on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock & Facebook (be sure to like the Facebook page!) for all the latest updates and information.

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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms' (11-4-1) winning streak came to an end at eight straight games, but they're looking to start up another one and their second straight win against the Binghamton Senators (5-9-1) tonight at the PPL Center.

Before the holiday, the Phantoms were able to secure a 1-0 shutout win up in Binghamton behind Alex Lyon's first career professional shutout (28 saves). The two teams finish the home and home series at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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: 16 games played, 11-4-1-0 = 23 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Last 10 Games: 9-1-0-0

BST: 16 games played, 5-9-1-0 = 11 points
7th Place North Division
Streak: 0-1-1-0
Last 10 Games: 3-6-1-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 20-for-74: 27.0% = 3rd in AHL
BNG - 7-for-57: 12.3% = 29th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 53-for-63: 84.1% = 14th in AHL
BNG - 40-for-49: 81.6% = 17th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (14GP, 4G-11A), Taylor Leier (16GP, 4G-11A) and T.J. Brennan (16GP, 5G-9A)
BNG: Casey Bailey (16GP, 6G-3A), Phil Varone (13GP, 2G-5A) and Kyle Flanagan (15GP, 0G-7A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (6GP. 5-2-1, 2.49 GAA, .920 SV%, 1 SO)
BNG: Andrew Hammond (1GP, 1-0-0, 1.02 GAA, .960 SV%)

Season Series

This is the second of six scheduled meetings this season between the Phantoms and Senators. Lehigh Valley took a 1-0 lead in the third period Wednesday night and it was enough to give them the win over Binghamton before Thanksgiving.

Season Series Schedule

Wednesday, November 23rd: Lehigh Valley -1 at Binghamton - 0
Friday, November 25th: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, January 25th: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, January 27th: Lehigh Valley at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday, February 8th: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, April 15th: Lehigh Valley at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes 

Expected Scratches: Max Lamarche (healthy) and Andy Miele (injured)

Expected Lines 

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

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

Alex Lyon - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

11/23: DEL - C Scott Laughton recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
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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