The wounded remain wounded, with the apparent exception of Josh Ho-Sang. Bridgeport looks much as it did yesterday morning.
Big night, more “disastrous if a loss” than “helpful if a win.” Charlotte’s magic number remains 12, but because of the tiebreaker, it drops by an extra one, one way or another, if the Sound Tigers don’t win or win in a shootout.
Hershey, meanwhile, since 2005-06 has played only one game eliminated from playoff contention, the last game of the 2013-14 season. Tonight is No. 2. Pheonix Copley was called back up to Washington. Chris Bourque serves out a suspension.
F: Hitchcock-St. Denis-Bernier (A)
K.Jones – C.Jones – Ho-Sang
D: Helgeson (A)-Vande Sompel
D: Ness (A)-Lewington
R: Sheehan, Tarnaris. L: Galvin, Kiriakos.
Bridgeport scratches (believed healthy unless noted): MacKinnon, Lafranchise (lower), Toews (shoulder), Wotherspoon (lower), Dal Colle (upper), Eansor (upper), Gionta (upper), apparently Kubiak.