Senators News: December 13th; Binghamton 3, Syracuse 4

-Binghamton lost 4-3 to Syracuse last night in a game I was able to watch (with a lot of subpar camera work from the broadcaster).  The B-Sens did not play well (firing only 18 shots), clearly suffering from the lack of Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki on the blueline along with the flu virus that’s running through the team.  Robin Lehner wasn’t at his best, but can’t be blamed for the result.  Mike Hoffman scored twice and Mark Stone had the other goal; here are the highlights.  The main problem for the B-Sens was their structure–it was poor defensively and offensively and the team spent most of the night chasing the puck.

Ryan Kennedy decided to weigh in on the Mika Zibanejad WJC situation after the Swedish Federation has already accepted the situation.  Kennedy didn’t bother to research what was going on, because while it’s understandable he doesn’t follow The 6th Sens (where the link comes from) it’s not too much to suggest he could have found the comments included there from The Expressen directly.  What’s even less understandable is that he’s unaware that Zibanejad is hurt, but let’s put that aside and look at the logic of the column:
1. Zibanejad is struggling in the AHL
2. The WJC will rejuvenate him because it helped Devante Smith-Pelly, Brett Connolly, Brayden Schenn, and Alex Pietrangelo
The funny thing is none of Kennedy’s examples make sense (none of them were playing in the AHL, none of them are Swedes, and none of the pro’s meaningfully improved their numbers after the WJC).  I’m also at a loss to the overall logic–Zibanejad struggles on small ice against men, therefore the big ice in Russia facing teenagers is going to help him?  And what does he have left to achieve in the tournament?  So on its own merits the thought process doesn’t work, but the fact Kennedy didn’t bother to research the issue is the kind of lazy journalism that irks me.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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  1. […] long-injured Mika Zibanejad has begun skating again.  This news not only puts to bed all the fuss about Zibanejad not playing in the WJC, but presumably signals the ticking of the clock for his […]


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