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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Game Preview

Sound Tigers wrap up preseason schedule Friday at Manchester

Friday, 10.05.2012 / 10:19 AM / News
By Travis Betts
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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Game Preview
Sound Tigers play first preseason game under Head Coach Scott Pellerin Thursday at Providence


Friday, Oct. 5: Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Manchester Monarchs
6 p.m., Sullivan Arena, Manchester, NH
(Streaming live on NewYorkIslanders.com)


Tonight’s matchup
The defending Northeast Division Champion Bridgeport Sound Tigers (41-26-3-6, 91 points in 2011-12) conclude their preseason schedule Friday on the road against the Manchester Monarchs. The puck drops at 6 p.m., and fans can watch the live stream on NewYorkIslanders.com.

Last season, the Monarchs finished second in the Atlantic Division with a 39-32-2-3 record (83 points), losing in the first round of the playoffs to the eventual Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.

Last game: Sound Tigers 3, Bruins 1
The Sound Tigers defeated the Providence Bruins 3-1 Thursday at the New England Sports Center behind goals from Johan Sundstrom, Mike Halmo and Nino Niederreiter. Goaltender Anders Nilsson stopped 34-of-35 shots. The Sound Tigers went 1-for-8 on the man advantage while killing all four Bruin power plays.

FULL RECAP

Expect tonight’s lineup to change as Head Coach Scott Pellerin continues to evaluate his roster. This was the lineup Thursday:

FORWARD LINES
Niederreiter – Nelson – Kabanov
Halmo – Sundstrom – Backman
DeFazio – Watkins – Riley
Gallant – Clark – MacKay

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Ness – Landry
de Haan – Wishart
McIver – Cantin

GOALTENDERS

Nilsson
Reiter

Scratches: Casey Cizikas, Travis Hamonic, Colin McDonald, Aaron Ness, John Persson, David Ullstrom, Ken Reiter

What they’re saying:
Matt Donovan led Sound Tigers defensemen with 45 points (10 goals, 35 assists) in 2011-12 (Photo: New York Islanders)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach Scott Pellerin has had less than a week to get to know his new team. He has a handful of practices next week to evaluate his team prior to the season opener on Oct. 12, but will be taking an extra hard look at his players during the preseason games.

“I’m just looking for consistency,” Pellerin said. “I think as a coach that’s all you can ask for. We’ve gone through all our systems, everything that we need to do. The guys’ attention to detail and work ethic and conditioning is there. I just want to see them play. I want them to have fun and play to their max. I want them to play the best hockey that they can play because I’m going to have some real tough decisions.”

Pellerin added that even though this week’s contests won’t go down in the standings, he wants his team to get off on the right foot.

“We want to win,” Pellerin said. “We want to set a standard and it started the first day of Training Camp. We’ve been pushing that standard every day.”

Sound Tigers defenseman Matt Donovan knows what the players will be trying to accomplish come 7:05 Thursday.

“We’re just trying to get back into game form,” Donovan said. “None of us have played a game since last season. I think it’s just about getting ready as a team and getting in the flow of things as a team and learning about guys and seeing which guys can play where. I think everyone’s going to play a lot and show the coaches what they have.”

Donovan said that even though the players have been getting acquainted with one another during the first few practices, nothing compares to building chemistry with teammates during real games.

“They’ll probably switch it up in the exhibition games and put us with different guys so we can learn about everyone else on the team,” Donovan said. “I think in the end that will make us a better, closer team and we can learn about each other.”

Watch Friday’s live stream

Fans can watch Friday’s game at Manchester live on NewYorkIslanders.com starting at 6 p.m.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 65 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 65 14 28 23 42
B. Nelson 65 17 20 7 37
F. Nielsen 65 11 25 13 36
A. Lee 59 21 13 13 34
J. Bailey 53 13 19 11 32
J. Boychuk 55 7 23 14 30
N. Leddy 65 8 18 16 26
T. Hamonic 55 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 1 .911 2.47
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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