Friday, November 30, 2012

Pre-Game vs. Binghamton 11/30

Greetings from the Glens Falls Civic Center, where the Adirondack Phantoms (9-9) and Binghamton Senators (10-4-1-1) are on the ice warming up. Binghamton enters this game on a six-game win streak, while the Phantoms are looking to bounce back from Wednesday's loss to St. John's.

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]

F: Hoffman-Cannone-Silfverberg
D: Benoit-Wiercioch
G: Bishop

F: Zolnierczyk-Couturier-Akeson
Wellwood-Roe-Brown / (Testwuide-scratch)
D: Gustafsson-Syvret
G: Munroe

Referee: Jean Hebert. Linesmen: Steeve Lemay, Frank Murphy.


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