The Hershey Bears travel up north on the I-81 for their first visit this season at the Veterans Memorial Arena. The Senators are looking to rebound off of their two losses last weekend with the addition of forward Derek Grant and defenseman Mark Borowiecki being sent down from Ottawa. However, in the process the Sens lose the services of their leading scorer in forward Mike Hoffman as he finally gets the call to the big club to try to create a spark for them. That’s a mighty big hole in the line up as the Senators look to pick it up offensively in his absence.
Tied for 1st in East Division
(7-7-2-3) 19 pts
Last in East Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup*
Lawson / Hammond
Injured: Forward Cole Schneider (knee) day-to-day.
Healthy: Defenseman Tyler Eckford and Forward Darren Kramer.
* Line up changes may be tweaked by puck drop
Notes & Observations
- With Grant and Boro getting reunited with the B-Sens the pk unit took a big step forward and the blue line receives some much-needed experience. This will be the first game without Hoffman but there’s enough offensive talent on the Senators to make up for it. I’m excited to see Mark back pairing up with Cody Ceci more than anything else as those two have worked out well with one another.
- B-Sens have fallen to seventh place at 20.9% on the pp and the Bear’s register a 16.3% for 17th place. Hershey sits on the pk in 6th at 86.0% and Sens have fallen to 83.2% for 16th position but Grant should improve upon that.
- Binghamton is 7-2-0-1 at home while Hershey is 3-3-1-0 on the road. This is the Bears first road game since a loss in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on the 16th of November. The Senators play back to back games at home this weekend.
- Bears captain Dane Byers and defenseman Cameron Schilling fought one another in last Friday’s practice. That rarely happens or even gets reported as the team’s moral must be stirring to have that occur, or maybe they just needed to settle a bet.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Hershey: Forwards Casey Wellman (7g 6a 18gms) and Jeff Taffe (7g 6a 19gms), Defenseman Dmitry Orlov (3g 6a 11gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Stephane Da Costa (7g 13a 18gms) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5g 9a 12gms), Defenseman Ceci (2g 13a 21gms).
Head-to-Head Season Results
B-Sens have won two out of three this season with the last game resulting in a 5-1 win in Hershey.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
— Jerry D’Amigo (@JerryD91) December 6, 2013
Highlights of Last Game (11-24-13)