B-Sens will begin their first of three games in four nights all on the road as they take on the Worcester Sharks tonight at DCU Center in downtown Worcester. Both teams are fresh off wins and look to extend it to two straight as the Sens are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, a three-point cushion on W/B-Scranton while the Sharks are tied with Adirondack for tenth position, six points out of a playoff spot. The game features the return of Nathan Lawson (14-5-0 2.52) in net for the Sens after him missing the last six games due to a lower body injury.
(27-13-0-3) 57 pts
First in East Division
(20-17-3-1) 44 pts
Fourth in Atlantic Division
Injured Reserve: Forward Derek Grant, upper body.
Healthy: Forward Danny Hobbs, Defenseman Mike Sdao.
- Bracken Kearns is playing for the parent team in San Jose after being called up on the 28th of December. The 32-year-old forward, who had 5 goals, 13 assists in 27 games for Worcester before getting the call, had only appeared in six NHL games prior to him playing in 593 career regular season and 31 playoff games in the AHL. He has three goals and an assist in 16 NHL contests up top for the Sharks.
- Stephane Da Costa remains up in Ottawa filling in for the injured Mark Stone. Senators have brought up Hobbs from Elmira before busing their way into the three game road trip up in the New England area. Hobbs has 11 goals and 11 assists in 38 games for the Jackals this season. Grant made the trip but won’t be in tonight’s line-up.
- Scott Greenham was sent down on Tuesday to make room for Lawson’s return. Greenham’s last start resulted in his first professional win in six AHL appearances on Sunday in Albany.
- After scoring 25 goals in their last five games, Senators return to the top of the league averaging 3.67 goals per game in 43 contests. Worcester is 26th with an average of 2.46 in 41 games.
- Binghamton’s 14 shorthanded goals easily distances themselves from the rest of the league as next in line is four teams tied with seven each. On the score-sheet reads goals from Cole Schneider and Derek Grant (3), Buddy Robinson and Jim O’Brien (2) and Stone, Wacey Hamilton, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Fredrik Claesson (1).
Players To Watch For
Worcester: Forwards Freddie Hamilton (12g 10a 31gms) and Daniil Tarasov (11g 11a 27gms), Defenseman Matt Tennyson (5g 10a 35gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Shane Prince (13g 12a 37gms), Matt Puempel (17g 8a 43gms) and Andre Petersson (15g 15a 35gms).
Senators play the Sharks for the first time this season. The two clubs follow-up the mini series in Binghamton on Feb. 15th.
Sens Tweet of the Day (One of my Senator’s fans on raising public awareness for Mental Health Awareness In Canada on Tuesday).
As a depression sufferer, i know its not easy to open up. Its worth it though. #BellLetsTalk
— Lone Woelfle (@no_worriezz) January 28, 2014
Canadians are participating in the fourth annual Bell “Let’s Talk” day to raise awareness around mental health issues. On Tuesday, Bell Canada is donating five cents for mental health initiatives for every tweet using the #BellLetsTalk hashtag and Facebook shares of Bell “Let’s Talk” image. By Tuesday night, more than 60 million tweets and Facebook shares from everyday Canadians to famous musicians, high-profile athletes and politicians, popped up on social media sites.
Cover photo courtesy of USA Today.