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Game Preview: Phantoms vs. Syracuse Crunch

Friday, 12.14.2012 / 9:15 AM ET / 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
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 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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