Team: Syracuse Crunch (7-2-1-1), AHL affiliate for the Tampa Bay Lightning
Opponent: Hershey Bears (5-6-1-0), AHL affiliate for the Washington Capitals
Where: Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:30 pm ET
Media: Live stream via AHL Live; Radio: The Score 1260 AM
This is the first of three home games in three days for the Syracuse Crunch. It's also the first of two games this weekend against the Hershey Bears - they play again in Hershey on Sunday. Hopefully, the result will be more favorable for the Crunch than their last game against the Rochester Americans, where they'd lost 5-2.
Going into tonight's game, Cory Conacher is tied for fifth in scoring in the AHL with 13 points (7G, 6A). Tyler Johnson is tied for third in goal scoring with 8 goals. Ondrej Palat has the second-most assists in the league with 11. And while the starters haven't yet been released for this game, Dustin Tokarski has the 11th-best goals against in the AHL with 1.96 GAA - along with a 0.914 SV%.