The Worcester Sharks invade the Arena tonight to face off against the Binghamton Senators. Sharks are coming off a 5-1 loss in Manchester Friday night and are 11-11-3-0 on the road while the Senators 6-2 thumping of Penguins last night improves their home record to 16-6-1-3. Andrew Hammond (14-10-3 3.21) should get the nod as he will be looking for his second straight win and Harri Sateri (12-17-1 3.08) in net for the Sharks.
(30-15-1-3) 64 pts
First in East Division
(23-20-3-1) 50 pts
Fourth in Atlantic Division
Hammond / Greenham
Injured Reserve: Goalie Nathan Lawson, flu.
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer, David Dziurzynski and Wacey Hamilton, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Binghamton’s Lawson will be re-evaluated this weekend with his illness that won’t go away. Should know the results in a day or two to get Nathan healthy and back on track. Meanwhile, Scotty Greenham has been re-called from Elmira to back up Hammond. Derek Grant and Matt Puempel are ready to go after travel delays due to the recent snow storm.
Great team effort in last night’s 6-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the club bounced back and held the lead after last game’s collapse in Ottawa. Mark Stone was a welcome addition back to the line up as his great on ice vision is tops on the team. What a beauty of a pass to Corey Cowick leading to the team’s fifth goal in the third.
Binghamton is 23-0-1-1 when leading after two periods which is one of the top three in the AHL. Special teams played a big role in their win with four power play goals and a shorty as the power play improves to second at 22.8% while the penalty kill is 80.4% positioned in 22nd place.
All of a sudden the Hershey Bears are the ones to fear as they have come out of nowhere to sit four points out of first behind the Senators. Oh this East Division, how I have great respect in the teams that are in it as the most talented division in the league bar none, and has backed it up by winning the Calder Cup in four out of the last five.
Players To Watch For
Worcester: Forwards Freddie Hamilton (14g 14a 37gms) and Daniil Tarasov (11g 11a 27gms), Defenseman Matt Tennyson (5g 10a 39gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Mike Hoffman (27g 34a 47gms) and Shane Prince (15g 17a 43gms), Defenseman Frederik Claesson (+28 49gms).
Senators 6-3 victory in Worcester late last month while the Sharks play their only game this season in Binghamton.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 97.9%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 8th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: +1.4 (W to Penguins 6-2).
Sens Tweet of the Day
— Derek Grant (@DGrant57) February 14, 2014
Cover photo courtesy of Jeff Ulmer.