“Woke last night
To a terrible sound
It was the baying of hounds”
–James Young (1985, “Wild Dogs in the Night”)
We had our fun with the Flyers exhibition–and I have to say it was more fun than the intra-squad scrimmage of last season. But now it’s time for a look at our new squad, as they face off against a Pack of Wolves from Hartford. Wild Dogs in the Night at the PPL Center!
The Phantoms opened their pre-season slate at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre PA versus the Baby Pens on Wednesday; many Phantoms Phans were in the house as the Phantoms fell 4-3. Taylor Leier had one of the goals and Stoli had a solid game in the net despite the goals as the Baby Pens out-shot the Phantoms 40-26.
A couple days ago, the Phantoms sent a few players to the Reading Royals roster–no surprises with forwards Geoff Walker, Cam Reid and Robert Czarnik in the mix with defencemen Adam Comrie and Sam Windle.
Goaltenders Knapp and Ouellette are still with the Phantoms; one will head back to Reading and one will stick around until LaBarbera returns from Philly. He’ll be there, until Neuvirth is healthy.
Look for some of the bubble guys to get plenty of ice time tonight to see who sticks and who heads to the Royals. A move is still needed in Philly–it could be a trade or it could be Scotty Laughts coming back. Word is, Manning’s spot is secure.
Season ticket holders with accounts paid or on auto-pay may begin picking up season ticket books during tonight’s game–as well as tomorrow. First half of alphabet early in game, second half after the first intermission. It reverses tomorrow. If you’re not getting to the game, or forget, they’ll have office time this week when they can be picked up.
Phan Nation T-Shirts are in, and can be picked up at Chickie’s prior to the game. Please make arrangements with the Phan Nation folks prior to the game.
There’s a rumor of something special happening at the “Breaking the Ice” broadcast on Monday evening. Stay tuned for more information–if none is forthcoming, the recommendation is to show up over at Chickie’s and Pete’s to watch the show.
4:00PM–expect lines for security. Have your pockets empty and your hat off.
Tickets and Parking:
Good seats are still available through PPLCenter.com. Prices are $12.50 – $15.50 before fees and parking.
You can pre-purchase parking in the arena deck through PPLCenter.com (while available) or at the Spiral or Trans Center via AllentownEventParking.com.
The game will be televised on Service Electric TV-2 as per usual, with pre-game from Chickie’s and Pete’s at 4:30PM
Radio on AM-1470 with pre-game at 4:20PM–also available online via the Phantoms web or IHeartRadio. In the arena listen to FM-89.9 for live call in real time with the game.
None that I know of–but it’s an early evening game at a good price if you wanna bring the kiddos or first-timers.
Last time out we dined at Shula’s. Top notch! It’s a “big city” steakhouse, though, like Morton’s or Del Frisco’s or Ruth’s Chris or any of those. If you don’t know what that means, it means order your steak (or entree) and everything else is a la carte–salads, appetizers, family-style sides, etc. And, it’s expensive. But it’s really, really good steak. And good service, too. We were warmly welcomed with our hockey attire.
Tonight, I recommend getting downtown between before 3:00PM to get a seat at Chickie’s.
What To Watch
- Watch the Blue Line: Our highly-regarded defenders will be key to our success this season.
- Watch the scorers: Reliable scoring will be important, too, of course. Look for second-year guys like Leier and Straka to take the next step.
- Watch for new sweaters. It’s not unusual for hockey teams to change it up slightly each year, and many of the old ones were auctioned off anyway. It seemed to be new, black, “away” sweaters in Wilkes Barre Wednesday night. Warm up sweaters? New home threads? I can’t wait to see.
- We’ll have more roster observations in tomorrow’s post, but pay close attention to ice time and performance by some of the new guys–and who gets the time in the goal.
We’re back at it tomorrow: Same Phantom Time/Same Phantom Channel as the Baby Pens come to town for another preseason tilt–and the final tune-up before the regular season.
See you at the arena,