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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
S. Gostisbehere 6 1 1 0 2
B. Schenn 6 0 2 2 2
W. Simmonds 6 0 2 -1 2
S. Gagner 6 0 2 1 2
J. Voracek 6 1 0 -1 1
M. Raffl 6 1 0 0 1
R. White 6 1 0 0 1
C. VandeVelde 6 1 0 -1 1
A. MacDonald 6 1 0 0 1
B. Manning 6 0 1 -2 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 2 1 0 .981 0.67
S. Mason 0 3 0 .852 4.09
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