Senators News: October 30th; Binghamton 4, Albany 2

Alex Auld has suffered an undisclosed injury so Robin Lehner has been called up to replace him

The Ottawa Sun‘s Bruce Garrioch talks about the Sens interest in Kyle Turris (link), but other than confirming Ottawa’s interest he just summarizes the information already available

-In another article (link) Garrioch confirms there won’t be any lineup changes for today’s game against the Rangers

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Allen Panzeri looks at Nick Foligno‘s start to the year (link), noting it’s an improvement on last year’s abysmal beginning.  Of his own expectations Foligno said, “Everyone wants to contribute. I’d love to have a point-a-game  average. Who wouldn’t? You expect some things of yourself, but the most important thing is that  you’re playing the game the right way and doing what the coaches are asking, and  I think I’ve been able to do that. I’ve got some great linemates, too (Stéphane Da Costa and Daniel Alfredsson), and when you play with those guys, you want to produce some points.  That’s what our role on the team is. That’s something I want to do on this team,  contribute some points. It’s nice to get a couple, but I just have to keep  playing well, and I feel I have done that.”  Paul MacLean said Foligno has to establish what kind of player he is.  Panzeri doesn’t fully quote the coach, but MacLean implied that Foligno is at his best when he’s a north-south player who drives to the net–a criticism of him often overhandling the puck.

-Panzeri’s other article (link) includes Paul MacLean’s expectations for the team, “I see this team improving just a little bit every day, just like we talked  about at training camp. We’re building a foundation for  something down the road when we’re going to be good, and that takes doing a  little bit better every day. We’ve seen this team get better. We’ve seen it be bad and improve, and show great character and learn what it takes to win and how to win, and those are all  very good building blocks to build that foundation we’re talking about. So I think with every one of those blocks we put in, it gets a little more  stable. I don’t think it’s the Great Wall of China yet, but it’s all positive signs.”

-The Binghamton Senators defeated the Albany Devils for their first win at home this season.  I didn’t see the game so I’m reliant on reports (for the box score go here link, for Joy Lindsay’s game blog go here link).  Robin Lehner made 42 saves for the win, also joining a melee that broke out after Tim Sestito elbowed Nikita Filatov in the head.  Offensively Mike Hoffman lead the way with a goal and assist; Corey Cowick and Pat Cannone scored their first goals and Filatov himself scored (Jack Downing also picked up his first AHL point).  In the post-game interview Filatov said he didn’t think he was concussed, but suffered headaches immediately following the hit (he played the rest of the game anyway).  For those with good memories Sestito ran Mark Borowiecki from behind on October 16th, but escaped suspension.

-Joy Lindsay’s says in her post-game report (link) that Corey Locke was injured in the game against Albany.  Kurt Kleinendorst was happy with his team’s effort, “Yeah, I did, you know. And I thought that there were moments in the game where, you know, we were faced with a little bit of adversity, and I thought we pushed through it just fine, you know. So, I mean, we showed up this morning to skate, and we couldn’t skate because the ice plant was down. So we talked a little bit about it, even though that’s not much adversity; it’s adversity in a form. Some guys like to skate in the morning, and they couldn’t, so I thought it was the perfect morning to really get on that word. And then tonight, again, any time it kind of popped up, we dealt with it.”  I recommend looking through all of Kleinendorst’s comments–it’s a very thorough look at the whole team and how they played.

-Joy Lindsay reports that Binghamton has called up goaltender Brian Stewart and a forward (Joy says Mike Radjawore in the link following but clarifies it’s Mike Radja via Twitter) from Elmira (link)

-The Elmira Jackals lost 5-2 to South Carolina.  Louie Caporusso had a goal and assist while Max Gratchev picked up a helper (Brian Stewart was the backup).

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