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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).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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