Game 42 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Binghamton

Friday, January 27, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Begin Weekend Road Trip in Binghamton

Editor's Note: I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Binghamton Senators live from the Floyd L Maines Veterans Memorial Arena! The puck drops at 7:00 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 (28-11-2) have played well against the Binghamton Senators (18-20-3) and the North Division in general this season, going 3-0 against the BSens and 11-1-1 in games against teams from the Eastern Conference's other division.

The second half of the home and home series could prove to be a more physical than Wednesday's 7-2 Phantoms' win, as tempers flared after the final horn.
After the jump, a full preview of everything you need to know in advance of tonight's game.

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Written by: Tony Androckitis, Twitter/Facebook

By The Numbers

LV: 41 games played, 28-11-2-0 = 58 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 2-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 7-3-0-0

BNG: 41 games played, 18-20-2-1 = 39 points
5th Place North Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last Ten Games: 7-3-0-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 49-for-200: 24.5% = 3rd in AHL
BNG - 20-for-144:13.9% = 28th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 129-for-156: 82.7% = 13th in AHL
BNG - 103-for-134: 76.9% = Tied-29th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (38GP, 14G-28A), T.J. Brennan (41GP, 13G-23A), Chris Conner (41GP, 11G-23A) and Greg Carey (41GP, 22G-10A)

BNG: Phil Varone (35GP, 12G-18A), Jack Rodewald (32GP, 13G-7A), Max McCormick (36GP, 11G-9A) and Jason Akeson (23GP, 4G-15A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (27GP. 17-8-2, 2.72 GAA, .908 SV%, 2 SO)

BNG: Chris Driedger (16GP, 8-6-2, 2.74 GAA, .909 SV%, 1 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the fourth of six meetings between Phantoms and BSens this season. Lehigh Valley is 3-0 on the season series with their most recent win coming on Wednesday night at the PPL Center.

Season Series Schedule

Wednesday, November 23rd: Lehigh Valley -1 at Binghamton - 0
Friday, November 25th: Binghamton -3 at Lehigh Valley - 4
Wednesday, January 25th: Binghamton - 2 at Lehigh Valley - 7
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

Both goaltenders are expected to each get a game this weekend. With Anthony Stolarz getting a 7-2 win Wednesday, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get the start again tonight but I think Alex Lyon gets the net tonight and the Phantoms will roll with Stolarz in Bridgeport Saturday night.

Will O'Neill, Corban Knight and Radel Fazleev sat out of Wednesday's game, and when asked about it head coach Scott Gordon said it was just a matter of the team having depth and rotating guys in and out of the lineup. Expect a rotation of bodies to continue as the team has 14 healthy forwards and seven defensemen on their active roster currently.

Expected Scratches: Mark Zengerle (healthy), Boyd Gordon (healthy) and Reece Willcox (healthy)

Expected Lines:

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

T.J. Brennan - Mark Alt
Will O'Neill - Robert Hagg
Sam Morin - Travis Sanheim

Alex Lyon - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

1/24: DEL - G Mark Dekanich returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - G Mark Dekanich recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - D Reece Willcox reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  from Reading (ECHL)
1/21: ADD - F Radel Fazleev reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  from Reading (ECHL)
1/20: DEL - D Reece Willcox reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  to Reading (ECHL)
1/20: DEL - F Radel Fazleev reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL)  to Reading (ECHL)
1/14: ADD - F Boyd Gordon loaned from Philadelphia (NHL)


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