Game 43 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Finish Weekend in Bridgeport

Editor's Note: I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers! The puck drops at 7:05 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 (29-11-2) are in Bridgeport for their final game before the AHL All-Star break facing a red-hot Sound Tigers team that has won six games in a row and has surged up the Atlantic Division standings back into a playoff spot.
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: 42 games played, 29-11-2-0 = 60 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 3-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 8-2-0-0

BST: 41 games played, 24-15-1-1 = 50 points
4th Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 6-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 7-1-1-1

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 49-for-205: 23.9% = 3rd in AHL
BST - 26-for-165:15.8% = 22nd in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 134-for-162: 82.7% = 12th in AHL
BST - 157-for-190: 82.6% = Tied-13th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (39GP, 15G-29A), T.J. Brennan (42GP, 13G-23A), Chris Conner (42GP, 11G-23A) and Greg Carey (42GP, 22G-10A)

BST: Bracken Kearns (41GP, 16G-19A), Steve Bernier (32GP, 15G-10A), Devon Toews (41GP, 4G-21A) and Josh Ho-Sang (35GP, 5G-15A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Anthony Stolarz (13GP. 10-3-0, 2.40 GAA, .924 SV%, 1 SO)

BST: Jaroslav Halak (8GP, 5-1-2, 2.03 GAA, .926 SV%, 1 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the sixth of eight scheduled meetings between the Phantoms and Sound Tigers this season. Bridgeport won the first three games of the season series, but the Phantoms have wins in the previous two meetings. The last matchup between the two teams saw the Phantoms blow a 5-1 lead before winning 8-6 in a wild Wednesday night game in December.

Season Series

Friday, October 21st: Bridgeport - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 2
Saturday, October 29th: Lehigh Valley - 4 at Bridgeport - 5
Saturday, November 19th: Lehigh Valley - 2 at Bridgeport - 5
Sunday, December 4th: Lehigh Valley - 3 at Bridgeport - 2
Wednesday, December 14th: Bridgeport - 6 at Lehigh Valley - 8
Saturday, January 28th: Lehigh Valley at Bridgeport - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sunday, March 26th: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 5:05 p.m. ET

Friday, March 31st: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Anthony Stolarz is expected to get the start in net for the Phantoms tonight in Bridgeport. Alex Lyon stopped 41 of the 42 shots he saved, but with a three and a half hour overnight bus ride after last night's win it's more likely that Stolarz will play in the team's final game before the All-Star break despite a strong performance from Lyon Friday night.

Mark Alt was the Phantoms' healthy scratch on defense Friday in Binghamton. Expect him back in the lineup and Lehigh Valley to continue to rotate guys in and out of their lineup.

Radel Fazleev (lower body) looked to be in serious pain after blocking a shot in the first period Friday in Binghamton. He had trouble making it to the bench and stuck his stick out to get pulled into the bench by his teammates. Fazleev tried to skate it off during the next TV timeout, and even took a shift or two but was unable to finish the game.

Expected Scratches: Corban Knight (healthy), Radel Fazleev (lower body) 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 - Boyd Gordon - Mark Zengerle

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

Anthony Stolarz - Alex Lyon

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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