The Phantoms were back at Thursday morning about 12 hours after their disheartening loss to Syracuse. Here's how things are taking shape for the weekend, when the Phantoms travel to Hershey and Syracuse:
-- Defenseman Matt Walker is injured and didn't skate. Seems to be something different than what caused him to miss nine games last month. He's doubtful for this weekend.
-- As planned, defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon skated about half the practice. He wore a teal, no-contact jersey but participated in all the drills. He even took the body a couple times and didn't appear to be shying away from contact. Bourdon will make the trip with the team this weekend, but I sense he's more likely to play in Syracuse on Saturday than Friday in Hershey. Bourdon hasn't played with the Phantoms since Nov. 20. He's been injured since being sent down from Philadelphia on Feb. 20.
-- Forward Rob Bordson, who was banged up blocking a shot on Wednesday night, didn't practice Thursday so he could have an X-ray taken. It came back negative and he will play this weekend.
-- Defenseman Tyler Hostetter remains with the Phantoms. There was some confusion about this Wednesday because of a transaction posted on the ECHL website. Hostteter was a healthy scratch on Wednesday.
-- Joe Paterson wouldn't commit to starting Michael Leighton both games this weekend. I wouldn't be surprised if we see Jason Bacashihua get a game, but no goalie planned announced.
-- Last time the Phantoms played in Hershey on Jan. 7, things got ugly in a 5-2 loss. With one of the primary combatants that evening no longer playing for the Phantoms and more than two months passed, no one seemed real concerned about a part two developing.
-- Thursday's lines were the same as Wednesday, except for Luke Pither filling in for Bordson. Here's how they looked:
Harry Zolnierczyk-Holmstrom-Testwuide; Hamel-Roe-Ford; McGinn-Brown-Akeson; Klotz (Rowe)-Pither-Harper.
-- There was also quite a bit of power-play work after the 1 for 7 performance on Wednesday. I haven't updated those units in a while. Here's how they've looked lately:
1: Hamel/Holmstrom/Ford; Manning/Akeson; 2. Zolnierczyk/Roe/Harper; Eddy/Kessel.