Senators head to Syracuse on the northern end of their I-81 rivals and look to continue their offensive breakout tonight at the War Memorial. Friday night saw the Crunch coming off a 3-2 home win over Hershey as they are 4-0-1-1 in their last six games, their only loss in overtime against Binghamton. The Sens broke out for six goals in last night’s 6-2 victory over the Sound Tigers on home ice. This will be game eight of ten scheduled in the season series with the B-Sens winners of six of seven being played.
(24-12-0-3) 51 pts
First in East Division
(17-14-2-4) 40 pts
Tied for Fourth in East Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Hammond / Greenham
Injured Reserve: Goaltender Lawson, lower body.
Healthy: Forward Darren Kramer and Buddy Robinson, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Notes & Observations
- It’s a pair of All-Star’s again tonight as Brett Connolly (9g 14a 27gms) takes on Mike Hoffman (18g 26a 37gms) as the two will be linemates next month in St. John’s. Defenseman Andrej Sustr was sent down on Thursday after playing all season for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 6-foot-8, 216-pounder may or may not be playing tonight as he suffered a nose injury during Friday’s game and left after the first period.
- Syracuse has averaged 2.62 goals per game, good for 23rd in the league while B-Sens are second averaging 3.56. Shots have the Sens in 5th averaging 32.77 in 39 games while Syracuse is 19th with 29.41 in 37 games.
- Hoffman and Da Costa had this to say to the Press & Sun-Bulletin after last night’s performance.“It was just one of those days..in the morning I felt good and knew I was going to have a strong game. I had lots of energy and felt good out there.” Adding Da Costa,“I thought we could have had even more..we played well, kept it simple and moved the puck real well.”
Three Cogs in the Machine
Syracuse: Forwards Vladislav Namestnikov (12g 14a 23gms) and Cedric Paquette (11g 13a 27gms), Defenseman Dmitry Korobov (0g 15a 33gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Andre Petersson (13g 10a 31gms), Corey Cowick (6g 6a 36gms) and Stephane Da Costa (12g 24a 36gms).
Senators won 6-5 in OT at home to lead the season series with six wins in seven games.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
Big win at home! Back at it tomorrow #Bsens
— Jean-Gabriel Pageau (@JGPageau) January 18, 2014