Two first place teams face to battle one another tonight at the Arena in downtown Binghamton. The Atlantic Division leading Monarchs have been rolling all season except lately where they have currently lost three out of their last four entering tonight’s contest. Meanwhile, the red-hot Senators will be shooting for their sixth straight win as they are the leaders in the East Division. Binghamton also will be searching for their fourth win in a row at home (10-3-0-3) while road warriors Manchester seek their fifth straight win on the road (11-4-0-3). This will be the only game played by the Monarchs in Binghamton this season.
(19-9-0-3) 41 pts
First in East Division
(22-8-1-4) 49 pts
First in Atlantic Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Injured Reserve: Forward Derek Grant lower body, Darren Kramer hand.
Healthy: Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Notes & Observations
- Ludwig Karlsson has been called up from Elmira as the extra forward to fill in for injured forward Grant and Mark Stone‘s call-up. Karlsson has four goals and seven assists in 19 games for the Jackals. Stone remains on emergency re-call for Ottawa.
- Andrew Bodnarchuk (+24) and Vincent LoVerde (+21) are one-two in the league’s plus/minus category followed by Fredrik Claesson (+18).
- Goaltender Martin Jones was called up when Jonathan Quick went down with a groin injury and has emerged as the hottest goalie in the NHL winning his first eight starts for the L.A. Kings posting a 8-0-0, 0.98 record before losing his first last Monday to the Dallas Stars. In his place for Manchester is rookie Jean-Francois Berube (13-7-2, 2.34) who has played in 20 straight games setting a new Monarchs record for most consecutive starts for a goaltender.
- B-Sens are second in the league in scoring average (3.55) and in fifth with 110 goals scored while Manchester sits in ninth (3.03) on scoring average and sixth in goals with 106.
- Senators have jumped to fifth on the power play at 21.8% and 17th on the penalty kill with a 82.8%. Manchester is in 27th position on their pp at 12.8% and 14th at 83.1% on the pk.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Manchester: Forwards Jordan Weal (8g 19a 35gms) and Brandon Kozun (8g 17a 34gms), Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk (5g 12a 35gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Shane Prince (5g 10a 25gms), Andre Petersson (9g 8a 23gms) and Jim O’Brien (4g 7a 22gms).
First meeting of two slated for the season between the two clubs.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day (Binghamton native Jerry D’Amigo)
— Jerry D’Amigo (@JerryD91) January 1, 2014