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Phantoms vs. Adirondack Flames preview: Hockey is back in Allentown

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The Phantoms face off against the Adirondack Flames Friday night in their home opener at PPL Center. Here's everything you need to know.

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Nearly 8,500 fans are expected to enter the newly constructed PPL Center tonight to celebrate the Lehigh Valley Phantoms home opener of its inaugural season in Allentown.

What to know for tonight:

  • Tonight is Adirondack’s second of three night games in a row. Adirondack played last night in Glens Falls, took a bus to Lehigh Valley after the final buzzer of its 4-2 loss to the Rockford IceHogs, and will travel back to Glens Falls to face the Phantoms again Saturday night.
  • The Flames are 0-3, and have been outscored 4-15 since their season opener on Oct. 10.
  • After a 0-3 preseason, the Phantoms won their season opener against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5-2, last weekend. The team has had six practice days since the season opener.
  • Rob Zepp is likely to start in goal for the Phantoms tonight.
  • Flyers called up Chris VandeVelde to travel with the team to Dallas, Wednesday after their shootout loss to the Ducks on Tuesday night. VandeVelde is the Phantoms top scorer with two goals in their regular season opener, and an additional goal in the Flyers/Phantoms intra-squad scrimmage. The center had 24 points in 41 games for the Adirondack Phantoms last season.
  • With an open roster spot, Phantoms called up Andrew Johnston from the Reading Royals Thursday. Johnston, a 23-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (say that five times fast) has two goals and three assists in his 36 career games with the Phantoms.
  • The Flames have adopted the throwback Atlanta Flames logo from the 70s for their first year in Glens Falls.
  • With their last win vs. the Penguins, the Phantoms franchise has 699 wins all-time. Win a win tonight, fans in attendance could see a pretty spectacular moment in Phantoms hockey history, with a possible 700th win during the home opener of the team’s inaugural year in Lehigh Valley.
  • Tonight’s game at the PPL Center is nearly sold out, with select seats available. Remaining tickets will go fast tonight, so buy early.
  • Tonight is an "Orange Out" at the PPL Center. Orange shirts will be left on each of the 8,500 seats in the arena for fans to wear during the inaugural season opener.