The Syracuse Crunch are back but wounded as they limp into Binghamton for a Thanksgiving Eve 7:05 pm faceoff tonight at the Veterans Memorial Arena . Crunch’s J.T. Brown and rookie phenomenon Nikita Kucherov are up with the Tampa Bay Lightening. (Tampa just recently returned previous call up defenseman Dmitry Korobov on Tuesday.) Also, Vladdy Namestnikov is out with a broken hand suffered in last Friday night’s game in Hamilton. That’s some major holes to fill as Syracuse has lost their last four games and are sliding south in the East Division standings. On the flip side, Binghamton is coming off their three game weekend winning two out of three to regain a tie for first place with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Tied for 1st in East Division
(9-6-1-1) 20 pts
4th in East Division
Projected B-Sens Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer and Buddy Robinson, Defenseman Troy Rutkowski.
Notes & Observations
- Binghamton has won eight out of their last nine games and is tops in the AHL with 3.89 goals a game as Mike Hoffman leads the team with ten snipes. Senators also leads the league with seven shorthanded goals.
- B-Sens are second at 23.7% on the pp and the Crunch register a 20.2% good for 9th place. Syracuse sits on the pk in first place at 90.3% and Sens are 83.5% for 14th position.
- Syracuse just lost some major fire power as their entire top first line of Brown, Namestnikov and Kucherov are out as the trio was killing it for the Crunch. On top of that, forward Evan Rankin and defenseman Joey Mormina are out with injuries. (Mormina is listed day-to-day)
- For the first in Binghamton Senators history there will be no game on Thanksgiving Day. The long time tradition has been switched to the day before. Some fans aren’t too keen with the change as it was a staple to their holiday plans. Others rejoice the chance to not have to work and spend time at home with family.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Syracuse: Forward Cedric Paquette (4g 2a 17gms), Defensmen Matt Taormina (2g 8a 10gms) and Jean-Philippe Cote (2g 6a 13gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Hoffman (10g 14a 18gms) and Stephane Da Costa (6g 13a 15gms), Defensman Cody Ceci (2g 13a 18gms).
Head-to-Head Season Results
Binghamton leads the season series winning three out of the four games played so far.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
Wamsley on getting back to Binghamton and his room at the Holiday Inn: “I’m going to turn the thermostat to 40 and warm up!”
— Grady Whittenburg (@BSensRadio) November 25, 2013
Highlights of Last Game (11-02-13)