It was a bit of a dress rehearsal last night at the PPL Center as the Phantoms took the ice with lines and pairings representative of what the team might look like in the regular season. They beat a Penguins team 3-1 which was coming off 4/5 and 3/3, but had just sent 10 players to ECHL Wheeling, and was also most of their AHL squad. Here’s ‘Phour Things’ about the game.
Meet the Bears
I’m not going to do a deep dive on the Hershey roster, but I will tell you this: They, along with Providence (whom we face opening night on Saturday) are considered to be the top teams in the AHL Atlantic. I was going to use “Dress Rehearsal” as my headline today–but since we already had that…
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Well, we’re in first place. So that’s good.
C Morgan Frost and F David Kaše are battling injuries which are thought to be minor–but you never know around here.
Lines from last night looked like this:
12 Andreoff 9 O’Reilly 16 Aube-Kubel
24 Vorobyev 17 Rubtsov 15 Sushko
10 Carey 51 Criscuolo 19 Ratcliffe
8 Strome 21 Fitzgerald 29 Gabriel
5 Wotherspoon 2 de Haas
27 Bigras 14 Friedman
43 Brennan 39 Prosser
35 J.F. Berube (72 Ustimenko)
I think tonight we’ll see some of the guys who weren’t in last night: F 26 Brett Supinski, D 36 Eric Knodel, D 37 Jeremy Beaudry, and D 44 Reece Willcox. But we’ll see–not sure what the status is with Reading on some of them right now. We’ll also wait and see if we get a look at the nicked up Frost and Kaše. I’d imagine some of the veterans who played (and played well) last night might get tonight off.
Time: Event time is 7:05PM, but look for the puck to get down around 7:15PM. Doors at 6:00PM.
Tickets: Good seats still remain. If you need tickets grab them at the window to save some of the online fees.
Traffic and Parking: As I reported last night, some changes in how they’re handling things at the decks may impede egress. Changes to lots, and sidewalks continue as development of the downtown progresses. Leave a little extra time.
Broadcast: 1470AM, Phantoms365 App, TV-2 Service Electric
Five (or more) Things to Watch
- I’m thinking we’ll see Sandström tonight in net. Watch to see how he does and if he plays the full game or gives way to Ustimenko. One will stay on with Bérubé while Lyon joins the Flyers as the third goalie for the Europe trip.
- Watch to see if our guys Kaše and Frost get into the game.
- Watch to see how the parking works. You gotta feed the ticket in to leave?
- Watch to see how the team responds to playing back-to-back. They’ve had pretty good jump this preseason, but this is the first game grind.
- Remember to pick up your season tickets before the second intermission, if you haven’t already done so.
I’ll try to get you a quick recap tonight, then it’ll be Hockey Night for reals on Saturday. I’ve got a surprise post coming before then, if time permits.
See you at the arena,