Game 7 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Hartford

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Hartford Hosts Lehigh Valley at 11 a.m. ET

Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

I'll have full coverage of this morning's Phantoms game against the Hartford Wolf Pack. The puck drops at a special time - 11:00 a.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. Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2-3-1) continue their five-game road trip with a rare Wednesday afternoon affair at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut against the New York Rangers' AHL affiliate - the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-4-0).

The 11 a.m. ET puck drop is a school day game where roughly 6,000 Hartford area kids will be in attendance.

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: 6 games played, 2-3-1-0 = 5 points
6th Place Atlantic Division

HFD: 7 games played, 3-4-0-0 = 6 points
5th Place Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (6GP, 3G-6A), T.J. Brennan (6GP, 2G-4A) and Andy Miele (6GP, 1G-5A)
HFD: Marek Hrivik (7GP, 3G-4A), Nicklas Jensen (7GP, 2G-3A) and Cristoval Nieves (7GP, 2G-3A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (4GP. 2-2-0, 2.78 GAA, .915 SV%, 0 SO)
HFD: Magnus Hellberg (3GP, 3-1-0, 3.39 GAA, .880 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the third of eight meetings between the Phantoms and Wolf Pack this season. The Phantoms lead the season series 1-0-1. Hartford defeated Lehigh Valley in overtime in their first meeting at the PPL Center on October 22nd, but the Phantoms played arguably their best game of the season last Friday in Hartford to the tune of a 5-1 win.

Season Series Schedule

Saturday, October 22nd: Hartford - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 4 (OT)
Friday, October 28th: Lehigh Valley - 5 at Hartford - 1
Wednesday, November 2nd: Lehigh Valley - 4 at Hartford - 0
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 for Lehigh Valley, with Alex Lyon serving as the team's backup goaltender.

Unless the league announces it right before this afternoon's game, it doesn't appear that defenseman Sam Morin will receive a suspension for this 2nd period hit in Sunday's game against Hershey.

Forward Danick Martel, who took a knee-on-knee hit Saturday night in Bridgeport, practiced Tuesday and could return to the Phantoms' lineup as soon as this week or even in today's game.

Expected Scratches: Danick Martel (lower body), Max Lamarche and Petr Straka

Expected Lines

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

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

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. Mackenzie Skapski will serve as the team's backup goaltender.

The New York Rangers reassigned defenseman Dylan McIlrath to Hartford over the weekend.

Expected Scratches: Calle Andersson and Tanner Glass

Expected Lines

Michael Joly - Marek Hrivik - Nicklas Jensen
Tanner Glass - Cristoval Nieves - Justin Fontaine
Adam Tambellini - Philip McRae - Malte Stromwall
Matt Carey - Steven Fogarty - Robin Kovacs

Mat Bodie - Ryan Graves
Dylan McIlrath - John Gilmour
Chris Summers - Michael Paliotta

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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