The Senators will make their first road trip of the young season to Virginia as one of their longest. The team bonding experience will last some 18 hours round trip by bus as they take on the Norfolk Admirals, affiliated with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ads will host their home opener Friday night, and return on Saturday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena with puck drops at 7:30pm Friday and 7:15pm on Saturday.
(1-0-0) 2 pts
Tied for 2nd East Division
(1-0-0-1) 3 pts
1st East Division
Lawson / Hammond
The 2012 Calder Cup Champion Admirals opened up their season with two road games in New England last weekend ending up splitting as both were decided by shootouts. A Saturday night 3-2 SO win over the Hartford Wolf Pack and on Sunday, a 4-3 SO loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Swedish forward Rickard Rakell lead the team with 2 goals. Goaltending was divided for the two games as Frederik Anderson took the win and John Gibson suffered the loss. Look for the same between the two netminders splitting starts this weekend.
The B-Sens arrive after a thrilling come from behind win in OT at home vs. the Syracuse Crunch 4-3 for their season opener Saturday night however it came with a price. Mark Stone suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st period and will be out for a while. That opens the door for Buddy Robinson to slip in his place on the 1st line to make his season debut. Robinson is coming off an impressive Ottawa camp that raised some eyebrow’s for the big right-winger. Mark Borowiecki also took a hit and left that game as a precautionary measure, but he’s good to go. Andrew Hammond will make his 1st start tonight in goal while Nathan Lawson should start on Saturday night.
-3 Key Players To Watch For:
Norfolk: Ottawa’s former 1st round draft pick forward Stefan Noesen (acquired in the Bobby Ryan trade), Rakell and former NHL toughie Zack Stortini. (He might play head games with some of the younger B-Sens prospects.)
Binghamton: D-man Codi Ceci (game winning goal and an assist in home opener), forwards Derek Grant (shorthanded gem) and Mika Zibanejad (PP blast to tie up the game).
Injured: Stone, shoulder. Out minimum of 2 weeks.
Healthy: D-Men Ben Blood and Tyler Eckford, Forwards Darren Kramer and Jakub Culek.
-Head to Head Results (Last Season)
Teams end up splitting the 8 game match ups 4 a piece. Bingo slight goal lead 21-20.
-Last Game’s Highlight (Last Season)
B-Sens with a 4-2 win at home just after the NHL lock out ended.