Binghamton at the Forty Game Mark

The Binghamton Senators have reached the 40-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 6-3-1, moving into 1st in their conference/division.  Their 127 goals-for put them tied for 3rd in their conference, while their 96 goals allowed remains best 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):

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

Robin Lehner
 3-1-0 1.82 .947
Ben Bishop 0-0-1 2.59 .928
Nathan Lawson 3-1-0 3.08 .922
Marc Cheverie 0-1-0 4.06 .862 [ECHL 2-0-0 2.72 .913]

A few things stand out: Gryba‘s ridiculous plus/minus rating (+11), Eckford‘s complete disappearance as an offensive presence from the blueline (no points and a -4, tied with Dziurzynski for worst minus on the team over the segment), Da Costa taking over the dominant offensive role in Silfverberg‘s absence, Cannone‘s lack of production (leading to time in the pressbox), and Zibanejad‘s return to the lineup.  Lawson was excellent in the absence of both Bishop and Lehner while Cheverie was not.

Binghamton did well with so many top players lost to the NHL, but the question remains if they can allow so many shots by their opposition and continue to win.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Senators News: January 26th; Binghamton 1, Syracuse 0 (SO)

-Here are my thoughts on last night’s loss.  Here are Scott’s scoring chances (19-17 for Ottawa; I had them 22-13).  Mark Parisi doesn’t want to blame Bishop, he wants to blame the Sens for taken so many penalties, but given that the latter is a constant for the team it’s not really an argument against Bishop struggling.  I don’t think anyone believes Bishop lost the game on his own, but rather a poor performance by the Sens could have earned a point (or a win) if he’d played at his usual level.

Patrick Hoffman doesn’t think Craig Anderson has ever got the credit he was due (I’m assuming Hoffman didn’t watch the 09-10 NHL season where Anderson was credited with the Avalanche’s great year).

-Binghamton defeated Syracuse 1-0 in a shootout last night with Robin Lehner making 40-saves for the shutout and Stephane Da Costa scoring the winner.

-Binghamton plays Hershey (20-19-3) tonight; the Bears are lead by Jeff Taffe (38 points) and backstopped by ECHL All-Star Philipp Grubauer (2-3-0 2.04 .926).

-As I speculated some time ago it appears as though Brad Peltz did get hurt fighting Tyler Randell as Trenton has finally placed him on their injury reserve (he hasn’t played since January 11th).

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)