The Binghamton Senators are in the midst of a playoff berth for the second year in a row as they are in front of the East Division and third in the Eastern Conference. If it all transpires well, it would be the Senators third post season in the last four years as Binghamton seeks to return to the promise land of that magical run in 2011.
As the magic number is currently 14 with any combination of points for Binghamton and Hershey losses as they control the Sens playoff hopes being seeded in ninth in the conference. That number includes an extra point for a tie breaker with Sens playing the Bears yet two more times.
Rookie Andrew Hammond looks like he’s ready to carry the club to the finish strong as often injured Nathan Lawson’s season might be in jeopardy. With him currently up with Ottawa on the injured reserve list, Scott Greenham will remain in Binghamton backing up Hammond.
Rookie Matt Puempel has been awesome this season leading the club with 24 goals and taking Mike Hoffman’s spot on the top line. Stephane Da Costa has been on fire recently recording 3 goals and 3 assists in his last four games and Jean Gabriel-Pageau can be relied on when the game is on the line as he scored that overtime winner over the weekend. Mark Stone is on recall filling in for injured Bobby Ryan but should be back as he has been invaluable on the first line.
Captain Mark Borowiecki has played well as his club has won five of their last six since returning from his injury and new guy Alex Grant has settled in pairing with Fredrik Claesson and his league leading +38. Chris Wideman continues to run the power play which is sixth at 21.2% and Patrick Mullen has helped solidify the back-end pairing up with Boro.
Binghamton has 12 games left with eight of those against East Division clubs where they have compiled a 19-8-0-1 record and seven will be played at home as they are 19-7-1-4 at the Arena this season. Second place W/B-Scranton will play the Senators three more times with two of them being held in Binghamton.