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Game Preview: Phantoms vs. Syracuse Crunch

Friday, 12.14.2012 / 9:15 AM / News
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Game Preview: Phantoms vs. Syracuse Crunch
Adirondack Phantoms (10-12-1-0: NHL - Philadelphia Flyers)
vs.
  Syracuse Crunch (15-6-1-2: NHL - Tampa Bay Lightning)


1. GOING THE DISTANCE
The Phantoms have appeared in three games that have gone past regulation play, two have come against the Syracuse Crunch, both of which were victories, including a shootout win in their last meeting on Dec. 8… Adirondack has had four of their last six games decided by one goal, including the last two games, both of which went past regulation.

2. AGAINST SYRACUSE
The Phantoms play their fifth of eight meetings on the year against the Crunch… Tonight is also the first of three contests against Syracuse in a two week span… Adirondack owns a 2-2-0-0 record against the Crunch, who currently stand as the best team in the Eastern Conference and second overall in the AHL with 33 points… Tonight's game also matches up two of the top penalty minutes leaders in the AHL: Syracuse (24.9 per game - 2nd), Adirondack (21.7 per game - 8th).

3. CRUNCH KILLER
Brayden Schenn has nine of his 26 points (35 percent) against the Syracuse Crunch… He has four goals and five assists in his four previous contests… In his AHL career, Schenn has scored at least one goal in four of his five total games… Schenn factored into all three goals scored in regulation, posting two goals and an assist, and recorded a shootout goal in the Phantoms' 4-3 win on Dec. 8.

4. Player to watch PHANTOMS: Jason Akeson
As long as Akeson keeps his point streak going, he'll be the player to watch… Akeson is currently riding a six-game assist streak and since his recall to the Phantoms from the club's ECHL affiliate, the Trenton Titans, he has posted 10 points (all assists) in nine games to tie for fourth on the team in scoring.

5. Player to watch CRUNCH: Brett Connolly
Connolly has goals in three of his last four games, recording four goals and five points in that span… Against the Phantoms, he has three goals and four points in their four contests this season… Connolly was drafted sixth overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning and appeared in 68 games for Tampa Bay last season recording 15 points (4G-11A).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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