Senators News: February 20th; Binghamton 2, Albany 4

-No lineup changes are expected today against the Islanders.

Sergei Gonchar would prefer to stay in Ottawa rather than be traded, “We have good chemistry and it seems like all the guys are getting along very well. It’s not my decision, but I would say, ‘Yes’ (he’d like to stay). When we into this season, nobody really counted on us. They didn’t think we were going to make the playoffs. We were picked No. 15 in the league. Everybody felt this was going to be one of those years and next year would be the year we’d play better. We’ve surprised everybody and we’ve got a real good chance to make the playoffs.”  The days of being the whipping boy earlier this year are clearly forgotten (link).

Steve Lloyd Tweets that Eugene Melnyk told a Toronto radio station that the team is sticking with their 3-year plan and will continue to get rid of expensive, older players.  Lloyd concludes this means moving someone like Filip Kuba, but I don’t think that’s the only conclusion you can draw–if it’s indicative of anything it’s that Kuba won’t be back next year.

Bruce Garrioch writes about the poll Hockey Night in Canada conducted about underrated teams (the Sens were tied for third with Florida).

ESPN‘s power rankings are out with Ottawa 14th.

-Binghamton blew a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Albany.  Mike McKenna made 35 stops in the loss.  Pat Cannone and Mark Borowiecki scored (both had two point nights).  Mike Bartlett was a team worst -2.  Here’s the box score and Joy Lindsay‘s game summary.

-Prospect updates (their position in team scoring is noted in brackets, defence compared to defence; I’ve also indicated if the player’s scoring position has change (with a + for up, – for down, and = for unchanged):
CHL
Mark Stone (RW, Brandon, WHL) 55-38-63-101 (1st=)
Shane Prince (C/LW, Ottawa 67s, OHL) 46-35-40-75 (2nd=)
Stefan Noesen (C/RW, Plymouth, OHL) 52-26-39-65 (1st=)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (RW, Chicoutimi, QMJHL) 39-31-28-59 (3rd-)
Darren Kramer (C/LW, Spokane, WHL) 57-19-16-35 (6th=)
Matt Puempel (LW, Peterborough, OHL) 30-17-16-33 (injured)
Jakub Culek (C/LW, Rimouski, QMJHL) 45-11-18-29 (6th=)
Jordan Fransoo (D, Victoria, WHL) 58-2-14-16 (2nd=)
SEL
Jakob Silfverberg (C/RW, Brynas) 42-19-24-43 (1st=)
Mika Zibanejad (C/RW, Djurgarden) 19-4-5-9 (16th=)
Fredrik Claesson (D, Djurgarden) 42-1-6-7 (5th=)
Allsvenskan
Marcus Sorensen (RW, Boras) 24-7-6-13 (8th-)
NCAA
Ryan Dzingel (C, CCHA-Ohio State) 29-7-16-23 (2nd=)
Max McCormick (LW, CCHA-Ohio State) 23-10-11-21 (t-3rd=)
Michael Sdao (D, ECAC-Princeton) 25-8-9-17 (1st=)
Bryce Aneloski (D, WCHA-Nebraska-Omaha) 32-6-13-19 (1st=)
Chris Wideman (D, CCHA-Miami) 34-1-16-17 (1st=)
Ben Blood (D, WCHA-North Dakota) 31-2-12-14 (2nd=)
Jeff Costello (LW, CCHA-Notre Dame) 22-3-6-9 (11th=)
Brad Peltz (LW, ECAC-Yale) 9-1-0-1 (20th=)

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