The Phantoms are back in action tonight as they take on Hershey in an important East Division matchup.
Lehigh Valley trails Hershey by six points in the East with the Bears holding one game in hand over the Phantoms. Hershey also has a one-game advantage in the intra-state season series, with a 4-3 lead over the Phantoms and five matchups remaining in the regular season series.
Lehigh Valley has some ground to make up after a rough 7-2 loss to Hershey on home ice last Wednesday. Prior to their mid-week setback, the home team has won every matchup between the two rivals. The Bears have won the last three games against the Phantoms, outscoring them 16-6.
After last night, it is unclear who Murray will start in net tonight for the Phantoms. With Anthony Stolarz's inconsistency in the new year (1-4 in January) it is possible Rob Zepp will start in his second straight game, holding Stolarz for Sunday's matchup in Wilkes-Barre.
- Last night the Phantoms were swept by the Albany Devils in a 4-1 loss to their former state rival. After what head coach Terry Murray called a "poor start" the Phantoms picked up the pace late in a third-period push that Murray hopes the team will carry over into tonight.
- Despite inconsistency with the Phantoms' composure this season, Lehigh Valley kept penalties relatively low last night with just 14 penalty minutes. The Phantoms average 24.8 penalty minutes per game, the most in the AHL by more than two minutes.
- In 11th place in the Eastern Conference, the Phantoms are five points from a playoff spot.