WHEN: Tonight, October 1 2014. 7:05PM Puck Drops. 6:05PM Doors Open
WHERE: PPL Center, Allentown PA
RADIO: AM-1470 + IHeartRadio App (interned delay). In the arena: FM 89.9 PreGame: 6:20PM Bob Rotruck on the call.
TELEVISION: Service Electric TV-2. Pre-Game Show 6:30PM. Steve Degler and Doug Heater on the call.
TICKETS: PPL Center Box Office or 610-347-TIXX. Also, box office 7th/Hamilton Gate. $12/$15 (plus fees) Good seats still available.
PARKING: Use the interactive parking map at allentowneventparking.com and/or see my customized map below. If coming from the North/RT22, my advice is to avoid 7th Street altogether. If coming from the East/Linden Street, park before you get to the intersection of 7th and Linden. Avoid that intersection at all costs. DO NOT plan to park in the arena garage unless you have a pass for there. Parking: $6
WHO TO WATCH: Young prospects Scott Laughton and Shayne Gostisbehere were officially added to the Phantoms roster today. Laughton, the 2012 first round pick, reportedly skated this morning and should be in the lineup tonight–perhaps centering the first line, although I’ve also heard he may be a late scratch, too. We’ll see, I guess.
It’s not clear if Gostisbehere, the 21 year-old speedy defenseman from Florida, will make it to Allentown in time for the game tonight. He last played for the Flyers Monday versus the Rangers.
Veteran center and big, tough guy (6-4/230) Zack Stortini has been placed on waivers by the Flyers for the purpose of assignment to the Phantoms. I doubt we’ll see him tonight–but if we do, he’d get my vote for “most likely to drop the gloves.”
20-year-old Canadian Taylor Leier has shown the ability to put the biscuit in the basket so far this pre-season. Look for him to get a goal tonight if he plays.
If he starts in goal, 20-year-old New Jersey native Anthony Stolarz is considered a top prospect. I thought he looked really good in the first period the other night, but did allow a couple goals following defensive breakdowns in the second.
I’m also not sure about the availability of 19-year-old Swede Robert Hagg. The defenseman is also considered a top prospect and a player to watch.
I’ll post lines, defensive pairings, and goal starter if they are announced in time. Also keep in mind, internet/cell access within the arena has been a problem.
See you at the arena!