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Syracuse Crunch vs Rochester Americans AHL game thread

The Syracuse Crunch will be playing a game without their regulars for the first time this season, due to the pending Tampa Bay Lightning training camp.

Team: Syracuse Crunch (24-7-2-3), AHL affiliate for the Tampa Bay Lightning
Opponent: Rochester Americans (18-14-2-1), AHL affiliate for the Buffalo Sabres
Where: Oncenter War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, New York
When: 7:30 pm ET
Media: Live stream via AHL Live; Radio: The Score 1260 AM

First off....

And if you missed this from last night....

For the first time this season, the Crunch are facing the usual NHL call-up conundrum. For almost the entire first half of this season, they've had a stable team, and that's almost unheard of in the AHL. So, for them, this is going back to normal.

Rumor has it that the Lightning only have two roster spots open at forward, so we should see all but two forwards and Aulie - who was already counted as a regular on the Tampa Bay roster - to be returned to Syracuse by the time they play again next Friday. Unless, of course, some trading happens between now and then - which is always possible.

Finally, here are the highlights from the game last night.

(Photo by Scott Thomas of Scott Thomas Photography and used with his permission. )