Senators News: October 4th; Binghamton 4, Hershey 3 (SO)

-I caught about half of Binghamton’s pre-season tilt with the Hershey Bears last night.  The game was slow and sloppy and lacked surprises (the best players were the best players).  Robin Lehner was good, but not great; Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad were excellent (making life great for linemate Jean-Gabriel Pageau).  There were three fights in the game, with Corey Cowick‘s specifically defending Derek Grant after he was run head-first into the boards (Kramer and Dziurzynski also fought).  Silfverberg, Zibanejad, and Eckford scored in regulation, while Silfverberg, Stone, and Pageau tallied in the shootout.  Luke Richardson talked about the goals allowed:

All three goals were probably bouncing off shin pads and went to the open guy. The second and third one, I thought we over back-checked and left guys open.

The Raaymaker offers his views of the game, but admits he “wasn’t watching it too closely.”

-My prediction that we wouldn’t lose any regular season games due to the CBA negotiations has crashed and burned as Bob McKenzie reports the cancellation of the first two weeks.  We’ll see how long it lasts, but I’m curious to see just how far the league is willing to go.

-A few more comments about EA Sports 2013.  The wonky draft trends have sorted themselves out in GM mode, but I do have a few comments about the play itself: 1) when an AI opponent throws any kind of hit, your player will go flying, 2) the AI takes virtually no penalties (a problem in virtually every version of the game).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)