The reeling Albany Devils arrives into tonight’s game in Binghamton by winning six in a row and their last seven of eight to climb within five points of first place Springfield Falcons in the Northeast Division. The Senators meantime, finally found a way to break out of their seven game losing streak by being victorious in Syracuse Friday night by a score of 5-2. The Sens are within two points of first place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the East as they wound up losing 4-1 to the Worchester Sharks at home.
2nd in East Division
(17-7-1-1) 36 pts
2nd in Northeast Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer and David Dziurzynski, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Notes & Observations
- Albany’s six straight wins is a new franchise record. Third ranked goaltender in the league Keith Kinkade (11-3-1, 2.03) was in net for four of those six and will most likely get the nod against Binghamton.
- Devils second in points rookie Reid Boucher is up with parent New Jersey and scored his first NHL goal in Wednesday night’s 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators. Prospect Stefan Matteau has left Albany to play for the USA World Juniors championships roster. Forward Tim Sestito and defenseman Jon Merrill remain up with New Jersey.
- Sens are ranked second with 3.56 average goals per game while Devils are fifth with 3.31 average. Senators have lost their last four home games to wind up with still a respectable 7-3-0-3 home record, as the Devils road record stands at an impressive 8-3-0-1. Albany has gone 14-1-0-0 when scoring first while the Sens are 10-2-0-1.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Albany: Forwards Joe Whitney (10g 18a 26gms) and Mike Sislo (8g 9a 22gms), Defenseman Raman Hrabarenka (3g 9a 15gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Mark Stone (7g 8a 16gms) and Cole Schneider (8g 10a 23gms), Defenseman Fredrik Claesson (1g 9a 27gms).
Albany leads the series 1-0 after the Devils shootout win over the Senators two weeks ago in Binghamton.
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