BRIDGEPORT -- For the whole month of November, and even for part of October, Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin has had one constant in his lines: right on top of the whiteboard, 9-18-26.
Anders Lee, Ryan Strome and Mike Halmo have been together since Oct. 30, a combination that has worked well for Bridgeport even as other lines have had their ups and downs.
"I think we communicate a lot," Halmo said.
"We're really positive. If we have a bad shift, we try to rebound and come back strong. We just feel each other out there."
Strome carries a six-game scoring streak into Wednesday's game in Glens Falls, N.Y., against the Adirondack Phantoms. Halmo has four points in the past three games. Lee has been held off the score sheet in back-to-back games only once this season.
"The compete level they have, with the puck and away from the puck, gives them time and space to create opportunities," Pellerin said, "whether it's off the rush, on the cycle or on the power play. They're able to complement each other."
Strome is the headliner, the fifth pick in the 2011 NHL draft; he was named AHL Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month on Monday. Lee, a power forward, has been on his left side every game except one, when Brock Nelson came down from the New York Islanders for the day on Oct. 20.
Halmo, earning more playing time this year after an in-and-out rookie year last year, became a good complement.
"I've got to work for it every day," Halmo said.
Pellerin said the staff thought about switching things up at times during Bridgeport's November swoon, a six-game winless streak that finally ended with two wins in three games over the weekend.
"We talked about it, but we've been putting pressure on other lines to follow," Pellerin said.
As a team, they've been looking for consistency, a night-in, night-out level of play. Preferably for them, that's one closer to the Friday/Sunday effort that produced 3-2 wins, and less the Saturday performance that turned into an 8-6 loss at Albany.
Even there, the constant was 9-18-26.
"They're at the point where it's going to get harder now," Pellerin said. "They've got to keep going and keep pushing themselves even harder because they're having success."
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Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms
WHEN: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Glens Falls (N.Y.) Civic Center
RECORDS: Bridgeport 6-10-1-3, Adirondack 9-9-0-2
SEASON SERIES: The Sound Tigers lead 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Bridgeport won 3-2 at home Nov. 10.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: C Ryan Strome, reigning AHL Player of the Week, has a six-game scoring streak (3-6-9). ... G Kenny Reiter is 3-1-2 in his past six starts. ... LW Brett Gallant (upper body) could return. D's Mike Dalhuisen and Sean Escobedo (upper body) returned to practice Tuesday.
ABOUT THE PHANTOMS: Former Sound Tigers D Bruno Gervais is 4-8-12. He scored in overtime Friday to beat Albany. ... RW Jason Akeson is 3-11-14 to lead the team. ... Former Sound Tigers G Yann Danis was injured Friday. He has split time with Cal Heeter this year.
UP NEXT: Friday at Utica, 7 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO