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Game Preview: Phantoms vs Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 12:28 PM / News
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Game Preview: Phantoms vs Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Adirondack Phantoms (13-16-1-0: NHL - Philadelphia Flyers)
vs.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-12-1-2: NHL - New York Islanders)

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1. HAPPY NEW YEAR
Since moving to Adirondack, the Phantoms are 2-1-0-0 in their annual New Year's Eve game, winning both times past regulation play… After riding a three-game winning streak, the Phantoms have dropped two straight games, and with the exception of an empty-netter, both would have been decided by one goal… Bridgeport comes in on a hot streak, winning three in-a-row and out-scoring it's opponent by a 12 to 3 margin, while also winning five of their last seven games.

2. PHANTOMS vs. SOUND TIGERS
Today is the third of six meetings on the season between Adirondack and Bridgeport… So far, the Phantoms are a perfect 2-0-0-0 and have outscored the Sound Tigers by an 8 to 3 margin… In their last visit to the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Phantoms went 3-for-7 on the power play to post a 5-1 victory, while their most recent victory came in a 3-2 win in which the Phantoms got out to a 3-0 lead before Bridgeport stormed back.

3. PK POWER FOR PHANTOMS
The Phantoms have allowed just one power-play goal in the month of December, killing off 27 of 28 times shorthanded… They own the ninth best penalty kill in the AHL, operating at 84.9 percent while killing off 129-of-152 advantages… Their percentages increase on home-ice, operating at nearly 90 percent (88.9), allowing just nine goals on 81 opportunities.

4. Player to watch PHANTOMS: Sean Couturier
Couturier has two goals and five points in just two games against Bridgeport this season… He leads the Phantoms in scoring in the month of December with 10 points (2G-8A) in 11 games and ranks second on the team overall in scoring with 26 points (8G-18A) in 28 games.
 
5. Player to watch SOUND TIGERS: John Persson
Persson has a hot hand as of late for Bridgeport, recording points in six of his last seven games, which included a six-game point streak where he had three goals and six points… He ranks third on the team in goals (10) and fifth overall in points (17) in 31 games so far this season… The Islanders fifth round pick (125th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is in his first full season of pro hockey after playing 12 games with the Sound Tigers, scoring four goals and eight points, at the end of his season in the WHL with Red Deer.

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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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