Game 44 Preview: Lehigh Valley at Albany

Friday, February 3, 2017
Photo: Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Enter Stretch Run In Albany

Editor's Note: I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the Albany Devils! 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 (29-12-2) returned from the AHL's All-Star break with the second best record in the entire league, and look to get the stretch run started with a win in their final visit to the Times Union Center against the Albany Devils (26-17-2)

The Devils will be leaving Albany after this season and relocating to Binghamton, NY for the 2017-18 season, making the final game of the season series quite possibly the last meeting between the Phantoms and Albany Devils.
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: 43 games played, 29-12-2-0 = 60 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last Ten Games: 7-3-0-0

ALB: 45 games played, 26-17-1-1 = 54 points
2nd Place North Division
Streak: 1-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 6-3-1-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 50-for-210: 23.8% = 3rd in AHL
ALB - 33-for-188:17.6% = T-15th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 136-for-166: 81.9% = 16th in AHL
ALB - 167-for-198: 84.3% = 6th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: Jordan Weal (40GP, 15G-30A), T.J. Brennan (43GP, 13G-23A), Chris Conner (43GP, 11G-23A) and Greg Carey (43GP, 22G-10A)

ALB: John Quenneville (38GP, 10G-19A), Blake Coleman (37GP, 14G-11A), Blake Pietila (37GP, 13G-12A) and Ben Sexton (43GP, 14G-10A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (28GP, 18-8-2, 2.66 GAA, .911 SV%, 2 SO)
ALB: Ken Appleby (20GP, 13-7-0, 2.05 GAA, .920 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the final meeting between Lehigh Valley and Albany this season. The Phantoms shut out the Devils in the only other meeting between the two teams this season almost four weeks ago.

Season Series Schedule

Saturday, January 7th: Albany - 0 at Lehigh Valley - 2
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 for Lehigh Valley, with Anthony Stolarz ready to start Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre.

Mark Alt, Mark Zengerle and Radel Fazleev were scratched in the team's last game before the All-Star break but all appear to be back in the lineup in the Phantoms' first game after returning from the break as evidenced by the lines/pairings in Thursday's practice in Whitehall.

Expected Scratches: Corban Knight (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 - Mark Zengerle

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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