The Phantoms are in Wocester tonight to face off against the high-flying Sharks. We’ll be listening via 1470-AM and it’s internet cohort. What I expect to hear is a team with most of it’s pieces back together–a team that started out the year in first place for a time before faltering of late.
As we mentioned the other day, you’ll never get one of the players to make the excuses. However, the injury and call-up changes have certainly had a toll. In fact, all you have to do is look at the statistics from the early games compared with the last few to know what’s been going on.
Jay Rosehill returns from his three-game suspension which stemmed from a complaint (read: crying) from the Hershey Bears regarding a check which wasn’t penalized during the game.
Shayne Gostisbehere returns from Philadelphia for sure this time, and ready to log some ice time and set up some goals.
Brandon Manning was returned from the Flyers today. It’s not clear if he’ll make it to Wocester for tonight’s tilt, but will join the team on the current New England road trip.
Steve Delisle has recovered from his “lower extremity” injury which caused his late scratch the other day. He should be good to go, as needed, during the road trip.
Brett Hextall has been skating with the team for some time now, although a time-table for his return has not been set.
Some of those stats on goals and plus/minus, I feel have been skewed by the small sample and the roster changes. We’ll revisit those prior to the next “Hockey Night” on November 15 at the PeoPLe Center. By then (four more games) we should have a better handle on it.
Yours in hockey,