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Sound Tigers Meet Springfield Tonight: Ticket to NHL on the Line?

Bridgeport needs wins, and GM Garth Snow needs to see who wants to do a little fancy traveling, NHL-style.

"We're looking to see who really wants to fly charter."
"We're looking to see who really wants to fly charter."
Mike Stobe

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers host the Norfolk Admirals Springfield Falcons {sorry, brain fart on opponent's name} tonight, with a few story lines of interest to even AHL-averting Islanders fans. Namely:

  • Last time these two teams met Feb. 22, a line brawl ensued, with the Falcons targeting Bridgeport's top line. [Highlights embedded below.]
  • The Sound Tigers are down in 12th in the East, seven points out of a playoff spot with several teams in their way. They have Johan Sundstrom and John Persson back healthy, but they have major work to do.
  • Rick DiPietro, expected to start tonight, is 2-2-0 since his demotion. The Sound Tigers are focused on reducing shots overall.
  • Recently demoted David Ullstrom returns to the Sound Tigers for the first time since the lockout.
  • Ullström's "loan" combined with Michael Grabner's shoulder injury means ... potential for a callup. To that end, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that GM Garth Snow is headed to the game and will "evaluate for a possible callup." No pressure, kids.

Here are highlights from the last Falcons-Sound Tigers meeting. The fracas action begins a little before the 3:00 mark:

If you're watching, attending or monitoring tonight, leave your observations (and links) in this thread.

On that note, there are 11 games in the NHL tonight -- including the Islanders' next two opponents facing off in Florida -- so treat this as an open NHL thread as well.