Thursday update: Injury updates, lineup notes (UPDATE: Holmstrom back)

2011-11-03T13:03:00Z 2011-11-03T15:46:10Z Thursday update: Injury updates, lineup notes (UPDATE: Holmstrom back) Glens Falls Post-Star
November 03, 2011 1:03 pm

Generally, when the Phantoms skate at their practice rink on Fire Road, I drive back to the Civic Center to do interviews. I did that Thursday, forgetting about the rodeo that has invaded the place for the weekend.

It made an interesting backdrop for the day's work. I've included some pictures of the hallway outside the Phantoms' locker room -- the animals go right past --- and the pen outside the coaches' office.

With only one game in 13 days, practice went on longer than usual for a Thursday. Here's an update:

UPDATE: The Flyers announced late Thursday afternoon that Ben Holmstrom has been loaned back to the Phantoms. That may mean Jon Kalinski is less likely to play. 

-- Neither Jon Kalinski or Joe Paterson could confirm that Kalinski would be in the lineup Friday night against Springfield, but he sure looked like it to me. Kalinski skated on a regular line and worked in all situations. He says he's good to go. Paterson called it a "game-time decision." Kalinski confirmed that he hurt his hand blocking a shot in a preaseason game in Philadelphia. Wish I had known that before I reached out to shake his hand. 

-- Paterson all but ruled out Mike Testwuide, who suffered a lower-body injury last Friday and has missed one game.

-- Dan Jancevski did not skate. Paterson said he had a "small operation" and could be ready for Friday night, but since he hasn't practiced all week, that seems unlikely.

-- Johan Backlund came out for the final third of practice, apparently the second time he has skated with the team this week, but Paterson said he's still a good ways from playing.

-- Not only is Andy Bohmbach in the lineup, looks like he's going to play a major role on the power play. Paterson had him playing on the half-wall, where he had success in Trenton.

Here's how the lines may look Friday:

Sestito/Kalinski/Bohmbach; Hamel/Roe/Harper; Wellwood/Pither/Akeson; Klotz/Brown/McGinn. 

-- Tim 

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  1. Tim McManus
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    Tim McManus - November 04, 2011 2:58 pm
    @ IA,

    I asked the league once about LeMay right after it happened and they didn't have any information yet. I'll look into it again. My guess is he's out for the season. That looked awful. Someone mentioned to me he lives locally, but I was never able to confirm that.

    -- Tim
  2. Idiot Allergy
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    Idiot Allergy - November 03, 2011 8:41 pm
    How about linesman Steeve LeMay who was injured during the first pre-season game in Saratoga? Haven't seen him officiating this season.
  3. Tim McManus
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    Tim McManus - November 03, 2011 2:10 pm

    @leftovers,George is out of the organization, not by his own choosing. I miss him as well. He was a humorous, insightful presence that was always willing to give a helping hand. -- Tim

  4. leftovers
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    leftovers - November 03, 2011 2:03 pm
    Tim, I guess the injury report is the best place to ask this question? Where did George Spooring go? His radio pieces with Bob Rotruck last season were always entertaining and very insightful about injuries, dealing with them, etc. Additionally, he was active behind the bench with the players and I had the impression he was a key piece of the puzzle. Just wondering if he is in Philly, or did he leave the organization. Thanks.
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