Ottawa 2 New Jersey 1 (SO)

The Sens gutted out a shootout win in New Jersey this afternoon in a game that wasn’t particularly entertaining.  Until Daniel Alfredsson scored midway through the third it looked like it would be another frustrating day for the team which had good scoring chances but were unable to finish.  The Devils took the lead very early in the first, but were unable to solve Ben Bishop afterward; the Sens did a good job shutting down Jersey after the first period (17 of their 31 shots were in the opening frame).  Here’s the boxscore.

Game Notes
-the game opened with a puzzling blown call from the linesman that cut off a great chance for the Sens
-the Devils opening goal (Gionta) boils down to a missed assignment by Lundin
-speaking of Lundin, he had a great scoring chance in the slot (third period) but fired it into Brodeur‘s chest
Derek Grant has not shown he’s ready for NHL
-it was a strong game for Jakob Silfverberg who made a great pass to set up Alfredsson‘s goal and then sealed the win by scoring in the shootout (he also hit the post in the second)
-I’ve liked David Dziurzynski‘s game; I think he fits in the bottom of the lineup
Zack Smith can’t buy a goal; he had a pair of excellent chances in the game
-it was a great game for Ben Bishop who has returned to form after his opening blowout loss to Tampa

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Binghamton at the Fifty Game Mark

The Binghamton Senators have reached the 50-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 4-5-1, dropping to 2nd in their conference, but remaining 1st in their division.  Their 151 goals-for put 4th in their conference, while their 125 goals allowed drops them to 4th.

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

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

Robin Lehner
 3-5-1 2.12 .938
Marc Cheverie 1-0-0 2.90 .909 [ECHL 1-0-0-0 2.60 .917]
Nathan Lawson 1-0-0-0 3.01 .923 (injured)

A number of things stick out: the decimation of the lineup via not just NHL call-ups but also injury (Hoffman is done for the year while Stone is out for an extended period). Robin Lehner seemed to fall victim to fatigue as Luke Richardson was reluctant to play either of his other goaltenders (Lawson was injured early on in his only start over this period of time).  Schneider leading the team offensively may mean he’s made the transition to the pro game after problems with consistency throughout the season.  Speaking of transitions, Caporusso at long last put up points in the AHL, but likely not enough to keep him within the organisation.  I’m not quite sure what the Sens thought they were getting when they signed Hamilton last year, but whatever it is doesn’t show up on stat sheet.  Cannone continues to have a miserable campaign and Eckford remains unproductive.  Despite additional ice time Cowick and Jessiman‘s numbers remain the same.  All in all though, it’s enough for Binghamton to tread water until the post-season when they will be flooded with players currently in the NHL.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)