Captain Mark Borowiecki will lead his team as the Ottawa Senators lend out their home facilities to the Binghamton Senators prior to tonight’s contest against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Binghamton returns after skipping a year to Canada’s Capital City for their fourth game ever as they will again be serving as hosts at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Binghamton Senators Booster Club also made the trip amongst many Binghamton fans as they will be rooting on for their home team. Nathan Lawson (15-6-0, 2.68) will get the start against his former team in 2011-’12 as Dustin Tokarski (15-11-2, 2.32) most likely in net for the Bulldogs.
(29-15-0-3) 61 pts
First in East Division
(20-22-0-4) 44 pts
Tied for Third in North Division
Hammond / Lawson
Injured Reserve: Forward Derek Grant, upper body.
Healthy: Forwards Danny Hobbs, Mark Stone and Darren Kramer, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
- Bulldogs have lost five straight and are 2-8-0-0 in their last ten. Senators will be aiming to get back on track after Wednesday’s 5-1 home loss to Portland.
- Sens power play is ranked third with a 21.8% and has fallen to 21st for the penalty kill at 80.6%. Hamilton is in 27th place at 13.8% on the pp and 12th for the pk at 83.2%.
- Senators are searching for their first win in Ottawa as they are 0-3 at the former Scotiabank Place. In 2009-’10, the club was shutout 1-0, 2010-’11 another 1-0 shutout and in 2011-’12 Sens scored two goals but still lost 5-2, all three games handed to Hamilton. This season marks the return as there was no event held in the 2012-’13 season.
- Luke Richardson believes his club has a shot of going all the way this year according to his recent interview with Don Brennan of The Ottawa Sun;
“I think we have a really good team..I think we’re consistent..and learning how to win is just as much of a skill as stickhandling, shooting and making plays,” said Richardson. “I think it’s a culture you want to try and develop, and it’s not easy. I think the guys have really taken to that message the last two years and we’ve see results in the standings, and with the guys coming up and contributing.”
- Richardson says captain Borowiecki has been a “great leader” for the B-Sens;
“When he’s on the ice, he’s not afraid of anybody, the league is scared of that guy. Doesn’t matter how big you are. That makes the guys feel safer out there, more confident, they start to play like that, with a little bit of an edge. That’s the best kind of leadership you can have, by example.”
Players To Watch For
Hamilton: Forwards Martin St. Pierre (8g 22a 43gms) and Sven Andrighetto (10g 13a 34gms), Defenseman Greg Pateryn (9g 11a 39gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Mike Hoffman (23g 32a 45gms) and Cole Schneider (15g 20a 43gms), Defenseman Chris Wideman (6g 28a 45gms).
Senators and Bulldogs play home and home mini series with the first being in Ottawa. The second game will be played on Fed. 21st in Montreal.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 97.6%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 8th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: -1.3 (L to Portland 5-1).
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Cover photo courtesy of Jeff Ulmer.