The Binghamton Senators make a return trip up north over the border to Montreal, Quebec to conclude their two game series with the Hamilton Bulldogs at Bell Centre. This will be the fifth meeting in six seasons between the two clubs at the parent club Montreal Canadians’ home rink where the Senators have won three out of four contests lifetime at Bell Centre as their only defeat was a 5-2 decision in 2010-’11. The Sens are coming off a 4-3 overtime win over W/B-Scranton on Wednesday while the Bulldogs lost in overtime 3-2 to Texas last Saturday.
(32-15-1-3) 68 pts
First in East Division
(22-23-1-4) 49 pts
Third in North Division
Hammond / Greenham
Injured Reserve: Goalie Nathan Lawson, flu.
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer, David Dziurzynski and Wacey Hamilton, Defenseman Tyler Eckford.
Binghamton remains out front pacing the East Division since the day after Christmas as the league’s number one offense continues to roll leading the pack with 195 goals and a 3.82% goals per game average as well as second in the league on the power play at 23.2% lead by Mike Hoffman‘s 35 points. What a difference it’s been for the special teams this season as Binghamton also leads the league with 15 shorthanded goals as Jim O’Brien and Cole Schneider share the lead with five points each.
A lot has to due with the red-hot offense is the team’s depth which really surfaces when Luke Richardson has to sit the likes of David Dziurzynski or Wacey Hamilton for a game or two as the two vets make way for other prospect’s to hone their skills as the organization has been healthy, or in this case, on break for the Olympics. Besides, the guys has put together a great season so far so you have to play your best hand if it’s working, right?
However, unlike their NHL counterparts in Ottawa as not currently being in a playoff position, they most likely will be taking one, if not two players up for their final playoff drive and obvious to me in Mark Stone and Hoffman as the two leading candidates that are ready to go. Who knows though, what the front office will be thinking as Stephane Da Costa was the latest call up before the break. As long as those that are up will be included in Binghamton’s clear day roster, if that still exists, then I have no problem with it. And with that..
Puissent les dieux du hockey briller à nouveau pour nous cette saison!
Players To Watch For
Hamilton: Forwards Martin St. Pierre (8g 27a 47gms) and Sven Andrighetto (12g 15a 38gms), Defenseman Greg Pateryn (9g 11a 43gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Hoffman (27g 37a 49gms), Matt Puempel (19g 9a 49gms) and Schneider (16g 24a 47gms).
Senators lost in OT 5-4 to the Bulldogs in Ottawa at Canadian Tire Centre. Game two is tonight.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 99.5%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 5th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: +0.4 (W over W/B-Scranton 4-3 in OT).
Sens Tweet of the Day
— Mark Stone (@MStoner61) February 20, 2014
Cover photo courtesy of Alicia Strauch.