Game 33 Preview: Albany at Lehigh Valley

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Albany comes to town for the first meeting against the Phantoms this season. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
 Phantoms Hope to Bounce Back Tonight Against Albany

I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Albany Devils. 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.

Stay tuned here online after the game for a recap of the action. Don't forget to subscribe to Highland Park Hockey's YouTube channel for post-game interviews with AHL hockey players.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (21-9-2) look to avenge Friday's loss in Hartford on home ice tonight against the Albany Devils (20-14-1).

After the jump, a preview full of the latest news and notes to get you ready for tonight's game.

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Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

By The Numbers

LV: 32 games played, 21-9-2-0 = 44 points
3rd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 0-1-1-0
Last 10 Games: 6-3-1-0

ALB: 35 games played, 20-14-0-1 = 41 points
2nd Place North Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last 10 Games: 7-3-0-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 34-for-154: 22.1% = 7th in AHL
ALB - 27-for-155: 17.4% = 16th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 99-for-119: 83.2% = 10th in AHL
ALB - 133-for-162: 82.1% = 14th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (30GP, 11G-21A), T.J. Brennan (32GP, 10G-19A) and Greg Carey (32GP, 16G-8A)
ALB: John Quenneville (32GP, 10G-17A), Blake Pietila (30GP, 13G-11A) and Blake Coleman (33GP, 13G-10A)

Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (22GP, 14-6-2, 2.77 GAA, .907 SV%, 1 SO)
ALB: Kenn Appleby (12GP, 8-4-0, 1.84 GAA, .928 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the first meeting between Lehigh Valley and Albany this season. The two teams will face off in Albany on February 3rd in the only other meeting between the two teams this season.

Season Series Schedule

Saturday, January 7th: Albany at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Friday, February 3rd: Lehigh Valley at Albany - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes 

Alex Lyon is expected to get the start in net tonight. Anthony Stolarz got the start in net last night in Hartford.

Taylor Leier was reassigned from Philadelphia earlier this week, joining the Phantoms in Whitehall at practice on Tuesday. 

Alt was placed on waivers Thursday and he cleared to be activated onto the Phantoms' roster officially in time for Friday night's game, his regular season debut. The plan going into the weekend was to play him on Friday and Sunday.

Martin Ouellette was reassigned to Reading this week as well as defenseman Max Lamarche and forward Steven Swavely.

Scratches: Radel Fazleev (healthy) and Mark Alt (healthy)

Expected Lines:

Taylor Leier - Scott Laughton - Colin McDonald (C)
Danick Martel - Jordan Weal - Nicholas Aube-Kubel
Greg Carey - Andy Miele - Chris Conner
Mark Zengerle - Corban Knight - Cole Bardreau

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

Alex Lyon - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

1/3: DEL - G Martin Ouellette returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/3: ADD - G Anthony Stolarz returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
1/2: DEL - D Max Lamarche returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/2: DEL - F Steven Swavely returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/1: ADD - F Taylor Leier returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL) 



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