There’s not much more to say. But the Phantoms are going to play hockey anyway. I’ll just have some cookies and enjoy it if they can put up 42 shots again.
It really was a good game last night. The Phantoms 7-0-1 record (stat courtesy of Bob Rotruck) when shooting more than 33 times went out the window. Out-shooting the Bears 21-1 in the third period and only got one goal in–and so did they–well, that was the downfall. It was fun to watch, though.
The WolfPack, AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers–coincidentally playing the Flyers today–come to town from Springfield Mass having defeated the Falcons 1-0 last night. Hartford has won their last three games.
But, they have a losing record on the road, and a pretty poor Power Play (29/30). Their Penalty Kill is not much better, but they are a decent overtime team.
Puck Drop: 7:05PM
Tickets and Parking: Tickets are tight again tonight. Pay the fees and get them online before heading downtown.
Broadcast: In addition to the usual suspects, this game will be simulcast on 69 FMZ tonight as part of their Saturday night package, but without the pre- or post-game shows.
Media Kit: Hartford 11616
Rosters: Print pages 11 and 12 from the Media Kit
Promotion: Girl Scout Night. Bring extra cash, because they’ll be selling Girl Scout Cookies about the concourse!
PreGame: There are pregame shows on both TV-2 and AM-1470, to get you ready for the game.
Pre-game meal last night was at ROAR. We sampled a couple of their beers and I tried Poutine for the first time. I suppose there are different variations; I enjoyed the short ribs on top, but always pictured the fries as a larger variety and more cheese curds. Still, I didn’t have any problem eating it–much to the chagrin of my diet. DiPro had the special Prime Rib; it was bigger than him. He did an admirable job putting it away, though. We were early, but I was still a bit surprised that the place was empty when we showed up–with the Shula’s thing I just want everyone to do well downtown and don’t want to lose any more choices. No worries though; they were packed by the time we left. Really good service by both our server and the bartender.
We dropped by the Dime for post-game once again. I didn’t enjoy the music as much this time, but still a neat hang when you can sneak in through the entrance via the Miller Lite Loft.
Tonight, we’re headed for grain. It will be our second visit; I’ve got a gift card burning a hole in my pocket.
What To Watch
- Stolie in goal tonight, I’d assume. He’s cooled off a bit of late; let’s see how he does tonight. Barbie played OK last night–more the defense let him down on a couple of those goals.
- Watch to see if there’s any shake-up in the D. They played 11F/7D last night and maybe they’ll sit different guys and tighten things up on the back end.
- Watch to see if they can generate that number of shots again. I know, they only count when they go it, but they did have good energy last night and seemed to get the shots off a bit quicker, as I was hoping for.
- Watch out for visiting fans. Rangers fans are the only ones I’ve ever personally had a problem with at PPL Center (I know there are others who have had problems with other teams).
The Phantoms don’t return to the PPL Center until a week from Wednesday.
See you at the arena