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FIVE THINGS: Phantoms vs. Pirates

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 9:41 PM ET / News
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ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS (Philadelphia Flyers) vs.
PORTLAND PIRATES (Phoenix Coyotes)

Fans can listen to the Phantoms game LIVE on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com with radio play-by-play man Tim Saunders calling the action.

1. EXPERIENCE ALREADY
The Adirondack Phantoms have 10 players on their opening night roster who have NHL experience, most notably Sean Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Zac Rinaldo. The Portland Pirates are the AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and also have 10 players on their roster with NHL experience.

2. THE NEW BENCH BOSSES
Both teams come into tonight's game with new head coaches. Terry Murray, who has coached more than 1,000 games in the NHL - more than any other AHL coach in history, will behind the bench for the Phantoms. Ray Edwards is in his third season as a head coach in the American Hockey League and first with the Pirates.

3. FAMILIAR NAMES
Flyers fans might recognize two names on the opposing side of the Phantoms -  Former Phantoms defenseman John Slaney is the Pirates' assistant coach. Slaney recorded 85 goals and 208 assists for 293 points in 415 games for the Flyers' AHL affiliate from 2000-07. Also suiting up for the Pirates is Brett Hextall, son of former Flyers Hall of Fame goaltender Ron Hextall. The younger Hextall enters his second season in the AHL after being drafted by Phoenix in 2008.

4. Player to watch PHANTOMS: Sean Couturier
The former eighth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Couturier will make his AHL debut after recording 13 goals and 27 points in the NHL last season as a rookie. In two preseason games with Adirondack, Couturier posted three points, all assists.

5. Player to watch PORTLAND: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
The former sixth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft appeared in all 82 games in the NHL last season recording 13 goals and 32 points. In just 15 games of AHL experience, the 6-2, 190-pound defenseman had 10 points (3G-7A) and 16 penalty minutes.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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