The ever streaking Senators look to make it a season high eight straight wins as they take on their rivals Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza this afternoon. The Pens, meantime are a team struggling with call-ups and injuries as they make the best out of its depleted line-up. Nathan Lawson (13-4-0, 2.43) is fresh and back in net for the Sens as Eric Hartzell (4-2-1, 2.20) most likely getting the nod for Wilkes-Barre.
(21-9-0-3) 45 pts
First in East Division
(19-10-1-3) 42 pts
Second in East Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Injured Reserve: Forward Derek Grant, lower body.
Healthy: Forward Wacey Hamilton, Defenseman Ben Blood.
Notes & Observations
- Wilkes-Barre’s leading scorer Brian Gibbons is still on re-call to the Pittsburgh Penguins as the organization has been decimated with injuries and player movements. Andrew Ebbett, Chris Conner, Simon Despres, Jayson Megna and Zach Sill all up or out injured that have started the season in WB/S. At the end of the day, Wilkes-Barre is right there in the hunt and despite what’s happening it’s rounding up to be a Sens and Pens battle the rest of the way out for the division title.
- Senators have a few issues of their own but not as rough as Codi Ceci, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone are all still up with Ottawa. Injuries have been unusually quiet for the organization this season as only a small handful have filtered through the system resulting in minor player movements.
- The Pens are 10-7-0-1 at home while the Sens sport a 9-6-0-0 road record. B-Sens are tied in second place with most goals scored in the league with 121. Sens lead the AHL averaging 3.67 goals per game. WB/S is 14th averaging 2.88 and tied for 11th in goals with 95.
Three Cogs in the Machine
WB/S: Forwards Tom Kostopoulos (12g 9a 30gms) and Harry Zolnierczyk (11g 7a 24gms), Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson (3g 16a 32gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Mike Hoffman (16g 24a 31gms), Stephane Da Costa (12g 20a 30gms) and Cole Schneider (11g 17a 29gms).
Both clubs have won a game with each having won on home ice. This is game three of eight contests this season.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
— Derek Grant (@DGrant57) January 5, 2014