Senators News: December 30th; Binghamton 2, Rochester 1

-Binghamton won again last night with a 2-1 effort over Rochester.  Robin Lehner made 26-saves for the win while Derek Grant and Corey Cowick provided the offence.  Chris Wideman (playing in place of Fredrik Claesson) earned his first AHL point in his fifteenth game.  Here are the highlights.

-Elmira lost 6-5 to Fort Wayne last night with Marc Cheverie earning the loss and both Dustin Gazley and Louie Caporusso picking up single points.

Ian C. McLaren writes about Jakob Silfverberg, but like his previous articles there’s nothing new here (you can sum it up with “he’s doing well and should be a pretty good NHL player”).

Adrian Dater offers up predictions for 2013, some of which I’ll comment on:
2. The NHL will expand by two teams, suggesting Quebec and Seattle
I think this is possible, although it is just as likely that two existing teams will relocate
3. New rule changes will be made to add excitement to the game
This seems a virtual certainty, although I don’t share Dater’s enthusiasm for eliminating the trapezoid nor the loser point in OT; the latter was installed as much to prevent teams playing for ties (leading to boring defensive hockey), while the trapezoid helps teams forecheck effectively.  A full two-minute powerplay (Dater’s other suggestion) is something I like
10. The fans will come back
I don’t doubt this at all–the hardcore fans will never leave, while casual fans will continue to flock to winners just like they always do

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)



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