Game 8 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Providence

Friday, November 4, 2016
Scott Laughton returns to the Phantoms' lineup tonight in Providence. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms' Final Road Contest in Five-Game Trip

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 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 (3-3-1) finish their season-high five-game road trip tonight at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island against the Boston Bruins' AHL affiliate - the Providence Bruins.

Former Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo is expected to be in the PBruins' lineup tonight to face his former organization, but other than that it's a lot of new faces for Providence this season and it has shown early in the year as the PBruins enter tonight's game in last place in the Atlantic Division. Gone from last year's team are powerhouse scorers Alex Khokhlachev and Seth Griffith, among others.

The Phantoms will have a former Flyers forward of their own in the lineup tonight as the Flyers sent forward Scott Laughton on a conditioning loan to Lehigh Valley for this weekend's games. Expect him to be on the left wing with Jordan Weal's line tonight. That will certainly be a duo to keep an eye on if they are paired together on the ice.

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: 7 games played, 3-3-1-0 = 7 points
5th Place Atlantic Division

PRO: 7 games played, 2-4-2-0 = 6 points
7th Place Atlantic Division

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (7GP, 3G-7A), T.J. Brennan (7GP, 3G-6A) and Andy Miele (7GP, 1G-5A)
PRO: Peter Cehlarik (5GP, 2G-2A), Matt Bartkowski (8GP, 1G-3A) and Peter Mueller (6GP, 1G-2A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (5GP. 3-2-0, 2.22 GAA, .933 SV%, 1 SO)
PRO: Malcolm Subban (4GP, 0-4-0, 4.10 GAA, .854 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the first of six meetings between the Phantoms and PBruins this season.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, November 4th: Lehigh Valley at Providence - 7:05 p.m. ET
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

Anthony Stolarz is expected to get the start in net for Lehigh Valley, with Alex Lyon serving as the team's backup goaltender.

Scott Laughton was reassigned to Lehigh Valley Thursday and is expected to be in the lineup tonight.

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 tonight's game.

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

Expected Lines

Greg Carey - Andy Miele (A) - Colin McDonald (C)
Scott Laughton - Jordan Weal - Chris Conner
Taylor Leier - Mark Zengerle - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Cole Bardreau - 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

11/3: ADD - C Scott Laughton conditioning loan from Philadelphia
10/27: ADD - LW Taylor Leier returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
10/25: DEL - LW Taylor Leier recalled by Philadelphia (NHL)


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