B-Sens Game Day Preview: Host Syracuse Crunch

The Sens and Crunch grind it out for game two tonight at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena for a 7:05 pm faceoff. Last night’s game in Syracuse saw Binghamton come out on top winners by a score of 6-2 game as B-Sens netminder Nathan Lawson made 40 saves. The offense is also stepping up as the Sens have scored ten goals in the last two games, both on the road. This will be game three out of the first five games of the season between the two rivals. The AHL recognizes a division rival and made adjustments to the schedules as both teams will now play each other two more times than last season for a total of 10 game between the two squads.

bingo1

(3-1-0-0) 6 pts

3rd in East Division

VS.crunch1

(1-2-1-0) 3 pts

4th in East Division

 

Projected B-Sens Lineup

 

-Forward Lines

Hoffman-Zibanejad-Petersson

Puempel-Da Costa-Robinson

Dziurzunski-O’Brien-Prince

Cowick-Hamilton-Kramer

-Defensemen

Borowiecki-Ceci

Claesson-Wideman

Blood-Rutkowski

-Goaltenders

Lawson / Hammond

 

-Pre-Game Notes

-The Crunch have struggled offensively but out of five Russians on the team three of them are dangerous with the puck, (Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Dmitry Korobovill) and could start to make a big difference as the season moves along. The other two are Defensemen Artyom Sergeyev and Nikita Nesterov. Forward Brett Connolly is still up with Tamp Bay on re-call but defensiveman J.P. Cote returned for last night’s game and was ineffective.

-Friday night’s contest saw the B-Sens pp improve as puck possession was there for the most part. The specialty teams still needs work as they currently sit in 20th spot in the AHL with a 12.5% on the pp. The pk isn’t much better at 72.7%, good for 28th spot out of 30 teams.

Luke Richardson has not yet named the starter for tonight’s game. It’s a tricky one for the coach to make as Lawson has seen action in all of the Senator’s first four games and he’s on a roll vs. Hammond needing some work. I see Nate getting the start tonight and Andrew in-goal at Bridgeport on Sunday. Update: Lawson starts tonight.

– Forward Shane Prince will be in the line-up tonight after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch.

-3 Key Players To Watch For

Syracuse: Forwards Kucherov (4g 2a, 4 gms) and Namestnikov (2g 3a, 4 gms), Defenseman Matt Taormina (1g 4a, 3 gms).

Binghamton: Forwards Mika Zibanejad (1g 3a, 4 gms) and Mike Hoffman (2g 1a, 4 gms),  Defenseman Chris Wideman (4a, 4 gms).

-Bingo Scratches

Injured: Mark Stone, shoulder. Jukab Culek undisclosed.

Healthy: D-Men Tyler Eckford and Michael Sdao, Forward Cole Schneider.

-Head to Head Results

Binghamton has won the first two meetings this season with the latest being on Friday night’s win in Syracuse by a score of 6-2.

-Media

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-B-Sens Tweet of the Day

Nice win tonight! Get right back at it tomorrow!

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-Last Game’s Highlights (10-18-13)

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