Game Preview: Phantoms at Amerks, 11/9/2012


For the second time this season the Rochester Americans will play the Adirondack Phantoms. Tonight would make for a good bounce back win after blowing a 2 goal lead (for the second time in as many nights) against the Hamilton Bulldogs and losing 4-3. The last time the Amerks met the Phantoms the Amerks cruised to a 6-2 win. Will tonight be another repeat of that game? Let’s hope it is!

Records: (W-L-OTL-SOL)

  • Amerks: 10 GP 6-3-1-0, Currently 5th in the Western Conference
  • Phantoms: 9 GP 4-5-0-0 Currently 13th in the Eastern Conference

Goals: (Shootout Goals Excluded)

  • Amerks: 37 GF, 34 GA
  • Phantoms: 23 GF,  30 GA

Penalties:

  • Amerks: 217 PIM, 53 PKs, 11 PPGA, 79.2 PK%, 1 (EN) SHGF, Currently 21st in the league
  • Phantoms: 187 PIM, 45 PKs, 6 PPGA, 86.7 PK%, 2 SHGF, Currently 12th in the league

Power Plays:

  • Amerks: 61 PP chances, 13 PP Goals, 21.3 PP%, 1 (EN) SHGA, Currently 7th in the league
  • Phantoms: 55 PP chances, 7 PP Goals, 12.7 PP%, 2 SHGA, Currently 22nd in the league

Goalies: (Numbers in parenthesis indicate rank. * indicates projected starter. If less than 120 Minutes played no rank is given.)

  • Amerks: David Leggio*, 9 GP 6-2-1-0, 3.27 GAA (40/55), 0.902 SV% (34/55), 30 GA (66/66), Saves: 275 of 305 (1/66)
  • Amerks: Connor Knapp (Rookie), 1 GP 0-1-0-0, 4.06 GAA,  0.882 SV%, 4 GA, Saves: 30 of 34 (62/66)
  • Phantoms: Scott Munroe*: 5 GP 3-2-0-0, 2.62 GAA (25/55), 0.923 SV% (16/55), 13 GA (Number better than 66/66), Saves: 156 of 169 (20/66)
  • Phantoms: Cal Heeter (Rookie),  4 GP 1-3-0-0, 3.76 GAA (51/55), 0.853 SV% (50/55), 15 GA (Number better than 66/66), Saves: 87 of 102 (40/66)

Forwards & Defensemen: (Points, Goals, Shots) (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 20/23 have points, 16/20 have goals, 37 goals on 317 SOG by 23 players (0.117 Shot %)
  • Phantoms: 18/23 have points, 12/18 have goals, 23 goals on 284 taken by 22 players (0.081 Shot %)

Forwards & Defensemen: Rookie Skaters (Minimum 1GP)

  • Amerks: 4 forwards, 1 defenseman. 5G, 9A, 49 SOG, 37 PIM
  • Phantoms: 1 forwards, 0 defenseman. 0G, 1A, 8 SOG, 0 PIM

Of course the above could all be rendered moot by the coaches using a player they haven’t used yet, or switching up goalies. We’ll find out come game time tonight. The Amerks have only one player who has yet to play in a game, right wing Jon Parker (#FreeParker). Perhaps he will see some ice tonight, as I know some of the Amerks were sick this week. Additionally, Cody Hodgson is out for a couple of weeks with an injured hand, so perhaps this is Parker’s chance if Varone is sick.

I’ll be in my usual seat (Section 114, Row G, Seat 13), so feel free to stop by and have an awkward conversation. Either that or creep me from afar, whichever you prefer.

Tonight’s game song is “Guardians of Asgaard” by Amon Amarth.

In Rolston we trust.

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