Senators News: January 14th; Binghamton 2, Syracuse 5

-The only expected changes to the Sens’ lineup tonight is Lee out and Carkner in

Jason Spezza is not happy about Ruslan Fedotenko‘s knee two nights ago, “I thought it was dirty. He said he didn’t think it was dirty. (The officials) didn’t think it was dirty. He thought I was trying to hit him, I guess. I don’t really understand the logic there because I had the puck. I was kind of yapping with him about it and he just thought I made a move at the last minute and he did nothing wrong. He didn’t try to get out of the way, that’s for sure.”  I’m not surprised it went uncalled.  The league punishes results and Spezza was not hurt on the play.

The Ottawa Citizen‘s Wayne Scanlan argues that the Sens have benefitted from the topsy-turvy nature of the Eastern Conference (link), but I think his argument would be better if he simply said the topsy-turvy NHL (both conferences have been wonky).

-The Binghamton Senators got pounded 5-2 last night, with Mike McKenna giving up five goals in two periods of work before he was pulled.  Andre Petersson and Mark Borowiecki provided the offence.  Click here for the box score, and here for Joy Lindsay’s game summary.

-Elmira lost last night with Louie Caporusso, Jack Downing, and Max Gratchev held off the score sheet.  Brian Stewart did not play.

The Hockey News’ Matt Larkin wonders if the NHL will address decreased scoring (link), but it’s unlikely the league will do much about it.  Goaltender equipment is the most obvious problem, but the league has consistently dragged its feet on doing anything meaningful.

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