Hockey Night In Allentown: “Practice Makes Perfect” 2/28/2015

The Phantoms have been off all week–no games, no travel.  Just, practice.  Talkin’ ’bout:  practice.  As the Binghamton Senators come to town (again), tonight we’ll find out if practice is enough to get off the 7-game home schneid.

 

The Mighty Zepp Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The Mighty Zepp
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Looking Back

It’s the fourth home game in a row for our Phantoms, but they haven’t won one yet.  They’ve had all week to work, and practice–let’s see what we get tonight!

Team Report

The losing has had a deleterious effect on the Phantoms’ position in the standings, and not much room for error.  We need games where we win in regulation.  The Phantoms are 9 points back of a playoff spot with three games in hand on Providence, who won last night.  We’re 11 points back of Scranton, but have 5 head-to-head with the baby Pens, who are in 7th place in the conference.  There are 23 games left in the season.

The Phantoms are ranked 20th–out of 30–in the Penalty Kill, and 22nd in the Power Play, as of mid-week.

The Phantoms are fourth in attendance, with a slim lead on Providence, as of mid-week.

The Phantoms continue to dominate the league in all penalty categories:  total minutes, averages, misconducts, etc.

 

Player Report

Rob Zepp in Philadelphia is “What Is and What [Might Always] Be.”  He’s done well, but with a couple hiccups lately.  Injuries to both goalies even had Stoli up for a day or two to wear the pads on the bench.  Mason was back as Zepp’s backup Thursday night, and should start tonight for the Flyers, with Zepp backing up.  If Emery’s injury is minor, we’ll see Zepp back by next weekend, perhaps.  Meanwhile, Anthony Stolarz is back and should start for us tonight.  Marty Ouellette, having recently been fit with a 72×48-inch piece of Plexiglas to attach to the back of his jersey, should be our backup tonight.

The recent losing streak–worse at home–has had the lines moving around quite a bit.  I’ve no feeling or prediction for what we might see tonight.

No further information on the injury status of Gostisbehere and Jones as of this morning.

 

Tonight’s Game

Game Time:  Puck Drop: 7:05PM; Doors Open 6:00PM; Chickies by 4:30PM if you want a table–I’ll be there pending Junior’s driving ability.

Tickets:  This game is SRO, with limited seating and SRO status since last weekend.  Please purchase your tickets in advance at PPLCenter.com if you don’t already have them.  Some seats are also available on the secondary market as of this writing.

Broadcast:  TV-2, AHL-Live; Radio: 1470-AM, 89.9-FM(arena).  Internet Audio:  Phantomshockey.com, IHeartRadio.com

Promotion:  Little League Night.

 

What To Watch

  • Watch the goaltending of young Anthony “Stolie” Stolarz.  We might get the Zepper back, but we might not.  It might be his job for the duration.  Let’s see how he responds.
  • Watch to see if the lines are different, or any other line-up-type issues which could have come from a week of practice.
  • Watch to see if we can win a darn game.  To change our luck, how about we drag a politician–you know, like a senator or something–out to center ice and beat them with meLVin’s hair.  Get to work on this, Ben, we need all the help we can get.  I think I’ll wear a different jersey tonight–and a different hat as well.

Looking Ahead

The Phantoms will head to Hershey for a game tomorrow at 5:00PM.  It’s Phaith and Phamily night; tickets are still available–especially in the end where the Phantoms shoot twice.  The Phantoms will be home Friday and Saturday next weekend.  There’s another orange T-Shirt coming on Friday for another “Orange Out”:

shirt again

 

Looking Further Ahead

I’m bringing a group of friends on Wednesday, March 25.  I might have a couple extra seats at cost+fees:  $11.50.  Let me know if you’re interested:  KramOf209(at)gmail.com

 

See you at the arena,

@Kram209

 



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