Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch meet for the final time of season tonight in Syracuse. This is the second game of a three in three weekend for the Sens as they travel to Albany on Sunday to wrap it up. Senators are coming off an emotional 2-1 comeback thriller over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night in what was an intense playoff like affair as they look to continue to roll in searching for their fourth consecutive victory. Syracuse will continue to play the role of spoilers as their season comes up short of any post season play, much to the Binghamton faithful’s satisfying consent.
(39-21-1-4) 81 pts
First in East Division
(27-29-4-6) 64 pts
Last in East Division
Injured Reserve: Defensemen Danny New and Ben Blood, both undisclosed, Forward Jim O’Brien, lower body.
Healthy: Defenseman Troy Rutkowski.
Binghamton plays for the final time in with Syracuse for the 1oth game between the two rivals interstate rivals located an hour apart from each other. Senators have dominated winning seven games over the Crunch as the two teams are much further apart in the standings as they are geographically. Syracuse will miss the playoffs this year after playing in the Calder Cup finals last season only to lose to the champion Grand Rapid Griffins while Binghamton is counting down the days to clinch a berth.
Concerning the goalie situation, Nathan Lawson was sent down late Friday from Ottawa but is still not 100% and Scott Greenham will stick as Andrew Hammond‘s back up for the time being. Not sure what his status is other than he’s been shut down for the time being in order to be ready for any post season play.
I think it’s safe to say Tyler Eckford‘s season is done as the 28-year-old defenseman hasn’t been around the rink and it was apparent with the two Binghamton trades concentrating on the defense as an overbearing result.
Players To Watch For
Syracuse: Forwards Brett Connolly (18g 27a 56gms) and Vladislav Namestnikov (17g 25a 47gms), Defenseman Dmitry Korobov (2g 19a 61gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Jean-Gabriel Pageau (16g 24a 42gms) and Matt Puempel (25g 16a 63gms), Defenseman Fredrik Claesson (3g 22a 64gms).
Sens have taken seven of nine games from the Crunch with this being the final meeting of the year.
Current Playoff Picture
- Percentage of reaching the playoffs: 99.9%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 8th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: +0.8 (W over St. John’s).
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Cover graphic courtesy of Matt Trayling.