Senators play the Bears for the third time in a week with tonight’s contest set at Giant Center. Both clubs are coming off of road losses and look to get back into the win column as Binghamton needs to step up their game and hope to break out of this current six game losing streak. The defense needs to have more assertiveness while the offense should loosen their grip on the twigs and start getting some goals as they have only scored 12 during this streak. Andrew Hammond has got to play his best game of the season against this Bears team to break the ice. Hershey has established a winning formula by executing a heavy forecheck while getting some timely goals in the last three out of four wins played against the Senators.
2nd in East Division
(9-9-2-3) 23 pts
Last in East Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Injured Reserve: Nathan Lawson, flu day-to-day.
Healthy: Going with last night’s line up, will update when info is available. UPDATE: Defenseman Danny New has been promoted from the Elmira Jackals and forward Buddy Robinson was sent down.
Notes & Observations
- Sens have signed goaltender Russ Stein to a PTO for the weekend to back up Hammond as Lawson is still out with the flu. Hammond had a scary moment in Friday night’s game when Fredrik Claesson bumped into Andrew that sent the rookie goaltender briefly down, but he then quickly recovered. Stein is an unproven pro in his career and just that thought of him replacing Hammond sent shivers up my spine.
- Philipp Grubauer might get the nod in net for the Bears as B-Sens killer David Leggio played in Friday’s loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. It doesn’t matter who’s in net, the offense needs to bring their best game tonight to get a chance to break this slump.
- I usually don’t make it a habit of predicting games but this one screams a B-Sens win to me. Hershey might be a little too spent after an emotional rivalry match with the Penguins last night, and the Sens will just throw it all on the line to see what develops. A 4-2 Sens victory is what I hope to see.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Hershey: Forwards Casey Wellman (7g 6a 22gms) and Jeff Taffe (7g 6a 23gms), Defenseman David Kolomatis (3g 8a 19gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Cole Schneider (6g 9a 21gms), Andre Petersson (8g 4a 17gms) and Defenseman Chris Wideman (2g 11a 23gms).
Hershey leads season series 3-2 with last Wednesday night’s 4-3 shootout win.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
Shout out to all my followers! Finally hit the 1000 mark #feelingaccomplished
— Buddy Robinson (@B_Robinson91) December 8, 2013