Game 48 Preview: St. John's at Lehigh Valley

Saturday, February 11, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms Looking for Weekend Sweep of St. John's 

Editor's Note: I'll have full coverage of tonight's Phantoms game against the St. John's IceCaps, live from the PPL Center! The puck drops at 7:05p.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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ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (32-13-2) look to keep pace in the ever-challenging Atlantic Division when they face St. John's (22-21-6) in a rematch of their 4-2 triumph Friday night.

Injuries and call ups are becoming a storyline for the Phantoms all of a sudden with 28 games remaining on their 2016-17 schedule. The team depth that has been talked about all season long is being tested.

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: 47 games played, 32-13-2-0 = 66 points
2nd Place Atlantic Division
Streak: 2-0-0-0
Last Ten Games: 7-3-0-0

STJ: 49 games played, 22-21-5-1 = 50 points
3rd Place North Division
Streak: 0-1-0-0
Last Ten Games: 3-6-1-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV - 53-for-226: 23.5% = 5th in AHL
STJ - 36-for-191:18.8% = 10th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV - 151-for-182: 83.0% = 10th in AHL
STJ - 158-for-204: 77.5% = 29th in AHL

Leading Scorers

LV: T.J. Brennan (47GP, 13G-25A), Chris Conner (47GP, 15G-23A) and Greg Carey (47GP, 22G-13A) and Andy Miele (36GP, 5G-28A)

STJ: Chris Terry (31GP, 15G-24A), Charles Hudon (29GP, 15G-10A), Nikita Scherbak (40GP, 10G-12A) and Daniel Audette (49GP, 7G-13A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Alex Lyon (30GP, 20-8-2, 2.58 GAA, .914 SV%, 3 SO)
STJ: Yann Danis (15GP, 6-5-3, 2.98 GAA, .904 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

Tonight marks the second meeting between the Phantoms and IceCaps this season. The two teams played last night, and the Phantoms stole two points in a come-from-behind win in the second half of regulation. After tonight's meeting, the Phantoms will make a trip to Newfoundland, Canada in late March for a pair of back-to-back games to close out the four-game season series.

Season Series Schedule

Friday, February 10th: St. John's - 2 at Lehigh Valley - 4
Saturday, February 11th: St. John's at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 21st: Lehigh Valley at St. John's - 6:00 p.m. ET
Wednesday, March 22nd: Lehigh Valley at St. John's - 6:00 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Alex Lyon is expected to get the start in net tonight against St. John's, coming off a 27-save shutout Wednesday night against Binghamton. Anthony Stolarz picked up the win last night.

Scott Laughton is the latest likely departure from the Phantoms' lineup, after an awkward collision in the middle of the 2nd period caused him to miss the third period. Steven Swavely was called up from Reading, and will likely slot into the lineup tonight.

Taylor Leier will more than likely not play this weekend, missing what will be his fourth and fifth straight game with an undisclosed injury he re-aggravated before last Friday's game in Albany.

Boyd Gordon, who left in the 1st period of Wednesday's win against Binghamton after a sliding BSens' forward crunched into his legs in the corner boards, is not expected to have sustained a serious injury but will likely sit out tonight's game with that lower body ailment.

Colin McDonald, who missed Wednesday's game after taking a hit in the 1st period of last Saturday's 7-1 loss in Wilkes-Barre, is expected to return to the Phantoms' lineup this weekend and could slot back in tonight.

Scratches: Taylor Leier (undisclosed injury) Boyd Gordon (lower body), Reece Willcox (healthy) and Scott Laughton (undisclosed injury)


Mark Zengerle - Corban Knight - Colin McDonald
Danick Martel - Chris McCarthy - Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Greg Carey - Andy Miele - Chris Conner
Steven Swavely - Radel Fazleev - Cole Bardreau

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

Alex Lyon - Anthony Stolarz

Recent Transactions

2/11: ADD - F Steven Swavely recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/10: ADD - F Chris McCarthy recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/10: DEL - F Jordan Weal recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
2/2: DEL - F Kevin Sundher released from his standard player contract (SPC)
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)


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