Game 49 Preview: Binghamton at Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Phantoms and BSens battle at PPL Center tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET
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The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22-23-2-1) will look to get back on track as they kick off a lengthy home stand at the PPL Center tonight when they host the Binghamton Senators (17-26-3-0). After a five-game win streak heading into the AHL All-Star break had fans optimistic about the team's chances to sneak into the playoffs, back to back losses last weekend have Lehigh Valley right back to where they were a month ago - down, but not out.

The Phantoms haven't been particularly great against the lowly Senators this season. In fact, the BSens are 4-2 against the Phantoms in six meetings this season. The last meeting between these two teams went the Phantoms way in a big night for Colin McDonald, who tallied five points (three goals, two assists) in a 6-3 win over the BSens at PPL Center back on January 27th.

News, notes, stats, numbers and a whole bunch more after the jump.

By The Numbers

LV: 48 games played, 22-23-2-1 = 47 points
7th Place - Atlantic Division
Last 10 Games: 5-5-0-0
Streak: 0-2-0

BNG: 46 games played, 17-26-3-0 = 37 points
7th Place - North Division
Last 10 Games: 3-7-0-0
Streak: 0-3-0

Special Teams

Power Play

LV: 16.3% - 17th in AHL
BNG: 19.9% - 8th in AHL

Penalty Kill

LV: 82.3% - 17th in AHL
BNG: 80.5% - 25th in AHL

Leading Scorers (Active)

LV: Andrew MacDonald (41GP, 5G-28A), Taylor Leier (43GP, 12G-16A), Chris Conner (31GP, 10G-19A), Danick Martel (40GP, 17G-10A)

BNG: Cole Schneider (46GP, 15G-22A), Eric O'Dell (42GP, 17G-15A), Matt Puempel (29GP, 13G-11A), Michael Kostka (40GP, 4G-17A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

LV: Jason LaBarbera (6-11-0, 3.11 GAA, .896 SV%, 1 SO)
BNG: Chris Driedger (11-11-1, 3.08 GAA, .902 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series

This is the 7th of 8 scheduled meetings between Lehigh Valley and Binghamton this season. The Phantoms are 2-3-0-1 against the BSens this season, though the most recent meeting was a 6-3 Phantoms win.

Head to Head Scoring Leaders

LV: Colin McDonald (4GP, 4G-2A), Andrew MacDonald (6GP, 1G-4A), Chris Conner (3GP, 0G-4A)

BNG: Eric O'Dell (6GP, 4G-2A), Michael Kotska (6GP, 0G-4A), Cole Schneider (6GP, 1G-2A)

Goalies Head to Head Stats

LV: Jason LaBarbera (2GP, 0-2-0, 3.04 GAA, .898 SV%, 0 SO)
       Martin Ouellette - No Stats

BNG: Chris Driedger (3GP, 2-1-0, 2.44 GAA, .919 SV%, 0 SO)
           Matt O'Connor (3GP, 1-1-0, 2.69 GAA, .913 SV%, 0 SO)

Season Series Schedule

Sun 11/8, Binghamton - 4 at Lehigh Valley -1
Wed 11/11, Lehigh Valley - 6 at Binghamton - 3
Sat 12/19, Lehigh Valley - 1 at Binghamton - 2
Tue 12/29, Lehigh Valley - 1 at Binghamton - 2 (SO)
Sun 1/10, Binghamton - 2 at Lehigh Valley - 1
Wed 1/27, Binghamton - 3 at Lehigh Valley - 6
Wed 2/10, Binghamton at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Sat 3/5, Lehigh Valley at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Roster Notes

Jason LaBarbera is expected to get the start in net tonight for the Phantoms, with Martin Ouellette serving as the backup. Anthony Stolarz is still with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Christian Marti was the healthy scratch on defense in the team's last game, as he Robert Hagg and Maxim Lamarche have been rotating as the 7th defenseman in Lehigh Valley's 11 forward/seven defensemen lineup.

It's possible that the Phantoms will dress their first normal (12 forwards, six defensemen) lineup since January 10th's game against these same Binghamton Senators. It's been 11F/7D for Lehigh Valley the last nine games.

Petr Straka skated at practice on both Monday and Tuesday and Phantoms' play-by-play guy Bob Rotruck said head coach Scott Gordon did not rule Straka out of tonight's game.

Expected Scratches: Christian Marti (healthy), Kevin Sundher (lower body since 12/27), Michael Parks (upper body since 10/17), Petr Straka (lower body), Tim Brent (hand/wrist surgery), Jay Rosehill (undisclosed) and Logan Pyett (out indefinitely)

Lines from Saturday's Game:

Taylor Leier - Phil DeSimone - Chris Conner
Danick Martel - Cole Bardreau - Colin McDonald (C)
Tyrell Goulbourne - Kevin Goumas - Aaron Palushaj
xxxxxxxxxx - Joe Rehkamp - Pavel Padakin

Andrew MacDonald (A) - Robert Hagg
Sam Morin - Mark Alt
Davis Drewiske (A) - Maxim Lamarche
Adam Comrie
Jason LaBarbera - Martin Ouellette

Recent Transactions

2/5: C Nick Cousins recalled from loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
2/4: G Martin Ouellette recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/2: G Anthony Stolarz recalled on loan by Philadelphia (NHL)
1/28: G Jason LaBarbera returned on loan from Philadelphia (NHL)
1/28: G Martin Ouellette loaned to Reading (ECHL)
1/27: RW Pavel Padakin recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)


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