Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pre-game vs. Rochester 10/27

Greetings from Glens Falls Civic Center, where the Americans and Phantoms are on the ice for warm-ups. Wanted to call your attention to a stat I tweeted out this morning.

The Phantoms, the least penalized team in the American Hockey League, have played 300 minutes of hockey this season.They've been shorthanded for 23:50 of that time. That's it.

They've only been shorthanded 17 times, an average of 3.4 times per game, and only 11 of those penalty kills have gone the full two minutes.

What has wound up happening happening is the opposing team either takes a penalty or scores really quick. The latter has only happened twice. But Springfield scored nine seconds into their power play and St. John's scored 15 seconds into theirs. Adirondack has killed the rest of them off.

The reason for all of this? Rochester's power play has been pretty good this season. They've got 27 goals overall, the most in the AHL, and their ten power play goals places them No. 2 in the league. The team's overall power play efficiency, 26.3 percent, ranks sixth in the league.

Rochester is a pretty dangerous team without an extra guy on the ice, but they can be downright lethal with the man advantage. Heck, last night, they pulled the goalie and scored two six-on-five goals in the final 1:08 to force overtime in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pa.

Something to keep an eye on tonight: T.J. Brennan and his slap shot. He's tied for the league lead in scoring with 10 points in seven games. Scott Munroe is in the goal for the Phantoms. A whole bunch of line-up changes from last night's "unacceptable" 5-1 loss in Albany.

Roe, Wellwood, Mangene, Dimmen and Lauridsen out. Ford, Brown, Testwuide, FitzGerald, Eddy in.

It's Testwuide and FitzGerald's season debuts. More after the game.

F: Foligno-Hodgson-Rankin
D: Brennan-Biega
G: Leggio

F: Zolnierczyk-Couturier-Ford
D: Gustafsson-Bourdon
G: Munroe

Referees: Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen: Jim Harper, Steeve Lemay.


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