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Game Preview: Phantoms vs Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Sunday, 12.30.2012 / 12:28 PM ET / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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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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