The Binghamton Senators take the short bus ride up north on I-81 this afternoon as they play the Crunch in Syracuse. Sens have dominated this season over their interstate rivals having won every game with the exception of one, a 4-1 set back way back in October. This team so desperately needs a win as the club has lost five straight games and are starting to sink in their division but a victory today would put them back in front. Senators have two games in hand on Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
(33-19-1-4) 71 pts
Second in East Division
(22-26-4-5) 53 pts
Last in East Division
Syracuse veterans Matt Taormina and Dana Tyrell were traded to the Columbus organization in exchange for Dalton Smith and Springfield’s leading scorer Jonathan Marchessault. That gives the Crunch some scoring but on the short end on defense. With Joey Mormina, J. P. Cote and Andrej Sustr out injured, they will dress six defensemen heading into today’s game. Meanwhile, Binghamton has more than six blueliners as Ben Blood, Tyler Ekford and Troy Rutkowski should be healthy scratches with Fredrik Claesson returning to the line-up.
Syracuse have their own losing streak having lost three straight while sitting in the bottom of the division. Sens have occupied first place since the day after Christmas but have recently struggled losing that right. They haven’t necessarily played bad but lack that killer instinct as maybe a shake up in the line up is warranted by sitting Derek Grant and setting an example for the rest of the non-producers. Shane Prince has gone through that several times this season as sometimes players get complacent amongst themselves.
Players To Watch For
Syracuse: Forwards Marchessault(14g 27a 58gms) and Vladislav Namestnikov (16g 20a 38gms), Defenseman Dmitry Korobov (2g 18a 53gms).
Binghamton: Forward Cole Schneider (16g 24a 51gms) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (12g 21a 34gms), Defeseman Fredrik Claesson (2g 20a 56gms).
Sens have won seven of eight games this season against the Crunch with two tilt’s left, each being in Syracuse.
- Current Percentage of Binghamton reaching the playoffs: 97.3%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 8th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: -0.2
Sens Tweet of the Day
To the guy who tried robbing the convenience store in Ottawa with a hockey stick, he’s probably hiding in his igloo drinking maple syrup eh
— Matt Puempel (@mpuempel) March 8, 2014
Cover photo courtesy of Alicia Strauch.