Binghamton at the Thirty Game Mark

The Binghamton Senators have reached the 30-game mark so it’s time to take stock and see how the team and the players are doing (for the previous ten games go here).  Binghamton went 7-2-1, remaining 4th in their conference and 2nd in their division.  Their 99 goals-for put them 4th in their conference, while their 74 goals allowed is 1st in the conference.

Player’s stats (INJ=games missed due to injury, SCR= scratched, SUS=suspended, NHL=games in the NHL, ECHL=games in the ECHL):

Jakob Silfverberg 10-6-5-11 -1
Mike Hoffman 10-5-5-10 -3
Andre Benoit
10-2-8-10 +2
Hugh Jessiman 10-3-5-8 +2
Stephane Da Costa 10-1-7-8 -3
Patrick Wiercioch 10-2-5-7 Even
Derek Grant
10-3-3-6 +2
Mark Stone
10-3-2-5 +4
Cole Schneider 10-2-3-5 +5
Shane Prince
10-4-0-4 Even
Jean-Gabriel Pageau
10-2-1-3 +5
Corey Cowick 10-1-2-3 +4
David Dziurzynski 10-0-3-3 Even
Tyler Eckford 10-1-1-2 +2
Chris Wideman
9-0-2-2 +3 SCR 1
Eric Gryba 10-0-2-2 +2
Pat Cannone 10-0-0-0 +1
Fredrik Claesson 7-0-0-0 -2 INJ 3
Mark Borowiecki 4-0-0-0 +3 INJ 6
Ben Blood 1-0-0-0 -1 SCR 1 [ECHL 7-0-0-0 +3]
Dustin Gazley DNP [ECHL 11-4-10-14 -7]
Jack Downing DNP [ECHL 11-8-3-11 +2]
Louie Caporusso DNP [ECHL 11-2-8-10 +1]
Darren Kramer DNP [ECHL 1-0-1-1 +2]
Danny New DNP [ECHL 1-0-0-0 +1]
Brad Peltz DNP SCR 10
Mika Zibanejad DNP (injured)
Andre Petersson DNP (injured)
Jared Cowen DNP (injured)
Wacey Hamilton DNP (injured)

Robin Lehner 5-1-0 1.83 .946
Ben Bishop 2-1-1 2.81 .927
Nathan Lawson DNP
Marc Cheverie DNP [ECHL 1-3-1 2.75 .912]

Most players continued to put up solid numbers with the extreme exception of Pat Cannone who I have to hope is battling a nagging injury.  Silfverberg continues to lead the way offensively and it’s no coincidence that Mike Hoffman‘s numbers have been buffered by playing with him.  It was a good stretch of games for veteran Hugh Jessiman, while fellow vet Tyler Eckford cooled off.  Robin Lehner continues to dominate, leading the AHL in save percentage and only trailing former teammate Barry Brust in GAA.  Other notes: Chris Wideman has his first professional points and can now perhaps challenge Fredrik Claesson for playing time; Brad Peltz spent the timeframe as a healthy scratch in Binghamton; Ben Blood continues to disappoint as a pro thus far.

The principal difference for the team since it turned the corner earlier in the season has been scoring.  Great goaltending remains, but Binghamton has steadily risen among the top scoring teams in the league.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Senators News: January 5th; Binghamton 3, Wilkes-Barre 1

-Binghamton defeated Wilkes-Barre 3-1 last night in a game I was able to watch.  The B-Sens had a slow start and were badly outshot in the game (44-15), but were opportunistic and overcame some brutal officiating.  Robin Lehner earned the win while Derek Grant, Mike Hoffman, and Hugh Jessiman provided the goals.  There was an ugly boarding incident as Eric Tangradi ran Mark Borowiecki late in the game–it bodes well for Tangradi‘s future as a Penguin (2:40 in the highlight package).  Here are the highlights and box score.

-Binghamton plays Hershey (16-14-2) tonight.  The Bears are lead by Jeff Taffe (32 points) and backstopped by Braden Holtby (12-10-1 2.15 .932).  Binghamton won their last meeting 2-1 in OT.

-Elmira defeated conference leading Reading 5-3 last night.  Darren Kramer picked up an assist in his return to the lineup (along with two fights), while Jack Downing had a three-point night, Louie Caporusso had two points, and Dustin Gazley scored.  The Jackals play the Royals again tonight.

-I wasn’t able to watch either WJC game, but Canada lost 6-5 to Russia while the Swedes lost 3-1 to the States.  I imagine there will be some soul-searching here, but while I think the coaching for Canada could have been better there’s not much to draw from a single elimination tournament.

-Here’s an update on how Senators players in Europe have performed:
Erik Karlsson (SM-Liiga) 30-9-25-34
Jason Spezza (NLA) 28-9-21-30
Sergei Gonchar (KHL) 35-3-25-28
Milan Michalek (Czech) 20-11-11-22
Kyle Turris (SM-Liiga) 21-7-12-19
Kaspars Daugavins (KHL) 34-5-8-13
Mike Lundin (Allsvenskan) 7-0-4-4
Colin Greening (Denmark) 17-13-12-25
Zack Smith (Denmark) 7-4-6-10
Peter Regin (NLB) 4-2-3-5
Erik Condra (Ger-3/Ger-2) 7-8-11-19/10-10-5-15

As expected all the players (save Daugavins) have dominated their respective leagues.

Stu Hackel sums up the current state of the CBA negotiations, but I don’t think their bitter nature will interfere with a deal getting done.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)