The Senators are on the road Wednesday as they head up to Toronto, Ontario to play the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum @ 11:00am for the only match of the season there. Sens last game a lost to Utica on Saturday as they look to back on track and increase their lead in the East while Toronto has won three straight and like the Senators, are atop of their division by five points in the North. The early morning game is part of a regular scheduled game vs. Binghamton every season.
(33-16-1-3) 70 pts
First in East Division
(31-17-2-2) 66 pts
First in North Division
Hammond / Lawson
Injured Reserve: Defensiveman Mark Borowiecki, lower body.
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer and Wacey Hamilton.
Life after Mike Hoffman sets in for the league leading offense Senators and let the adjustments begin as I think Hoff sticks to the parent club this time around, as he will be on the wing along with Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad at center, which actually sounds good, on paper. Mike said he’s feeling more confidant this go around so we shall see how it transpires. Meanwhile, Matt Puempel takes Hoffman’s spot on the first line with Stephane Da Costa and Mark Stone.
I wasn’t going to tackle this, but I will, briefly. There was a tweet that mentioned fan favorite Shane Prince (not by him though) was
requesting demanding a trade or he’s going to think seriously about an offer from the KHL. Mind you, he is midway through year two of a three-year contract as I highly doubt the validity of that text from someone in Rochester as Prince would have serious repercussions as a result of his actions. Think about it, if the Senators did release his rights at some point down the road because he did indeed flee to Russia, who would ever sign him not knowing he’s broken a contract before? His sister also re-tweeted the text but she’s on her own campaign on twitter to #bringprincetobuffalo so who knows what exactly is going on but I have some reservations on the whole subject besides what I just stated. Besides, it just doesn’t feel like something he would end up doing.
Back to today’s game. Toronto has not one, but two Binghamton ties as not only Jerry D’Amigo, but also Tyler Biggs who was born in Binghamton while his father, Don Biggs played for the Binghamton Rangers in the 90’s and was a prolific scoring machine unlike Tyler so far. The 20-year-old rookie Biggs was a first rounder in 2011 and is listed at 6-3, 220lbs., which is amazing as I remember watching his Dad play and he was like a miniature Chris Neil in stature. (After looking it up, Don was 5-8, 180lbs. during his playing days).
Scott Greenham was released from the team and sent back down to Elmira making room for Nathan Lawson‘s return from the flu. Andrew Hammond has been solid in net over the last six games but we need to get Lawson going again so we would expect him starting sometime for this weekend’s two games at St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Players To Watch For
Toronto: Forwards Spencer Abbott (12g 42a 49gms) and Greg McKegg (13g 21a 42gms), Defenseman T.J. Brennan (20g 33a 52gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Andre Petersson (17g 23a 44gms), Jean-Gabriel Pageau (9g 21a 30gms) and Prince (16g 18a 47gms).
Senators and Marlies first of two games this season starts this morning in Toronto. Return trip to Binghamton on April 16th.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 99.4%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 7th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: -0.3 (L to Utica).
Sens Tweet of the Day
— Binghamton Senators (@BSens_Hockey) February 24, 2014
Cover photo courtesy of Jeff Ulmer.