Pre-Game vs. Binghamton 11/30
They've been pretty good at doing that recently. Puck drop is set for the top of the hour.
The last time these two teams met, there was a line brawl that resulted in 92 minutes in penalties and six ejections. Thought there was a chance we'd see defenseman/forward Zack FitzGerald in the lineup to make sure everyone is on their best behavior, but he didn't take warm-ups and appears scratched.
Zac Rinaldo, though, is out there. So it seems if the league looked at that hit from Wednesday's game, they didn't see anything that would warrant a suspension. Probably the right call there, the wrong one in the video. I liked Broad Street Hockey's equation that Rinaldo is a living Rorschach Test, though.
Based on goaltenders who led their teams onto the ice, it seems like the Phantoms will be facing 2012 AHL All-Star Ben Bishop and not 2011 Calder Cup playoff MVP Robin Lehner, who isn't even on the ice. Nathan Lawson is the back-up. Thoughts: 1. What a goaltending ensemble the Senators have. 2. Lehner's numbers are amazing. He's 8-2-1 with a 1.63 goals-against average (third in the AHL) and a .950 save percentage (second). Adirondack may catch a break by not seeing him.
Scott Munroe makes his fifth straight start for the Phantoms. Lines at the bottom, but first some links.
Binghamton's defense is off to a strong start, even without blue-chip prospect Jared Cowen. [Press & Sun-Bulletin]
ESPN caught up with Abbotsford goalie Barry Brust, who saw his record-setting shutout streak end strange fashion. Purely by happenstance, but a great story nonetheless. [ESPN]
Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding, who we learned yesterday is battling multiple sclerosis, has reached out to former Providence Bruins goalie Jordan Sigalet, who has had the disease since 2004. [Star-Tribune]
NHL labor negotiations news: Uh-oh. [Philadelphia Daily News]
Wellwood-Roe-Brown / (Testwuide-scratch)
Referee: Jean Hebert. Linesmen: Steeve Lemay, Frank Murphy.