–Scott had the scoring chances in the LA game 13-16.
–The Raaymaker thinks the solution to the Sens penalty killing woes is dressing Eric Gryba, summoning Jim O’Brien or Derek Grant from Binghamton, while getting Chris Neil to take fewer dumb penalties. The bulk of these suggestions seem pretty unrealistic to me (other than a Gryba insertion). One of the main reasons the Sens PK was so good last year had nothing to do with their personnel and a lot to do with their goaltending (as Chris discussed back in July).
-Binghamton plays Norfolk tonight and have made two changes to their lineup from their season-opening win: Buddy Robinson replaces the injured Mark Stone, while Andrew Hammond gets his first AHL start. Norfolk is coming off a 4-3 shootout loss to Bridgeport; the Admirals are Anaheim’s farm team so B-Sens fans will get a look at Stefan Noesen (who never wound up playing in Binghamton).
-D. J. Powers is previewing NCAA hockey and some of his comments touch on Sens prospects. About Ohio State‘s Ryan Dzingel:
The Wheaton, IL native was especially good on the Buckeyes special teams last season. Of his 16 goals, six came on special teams – five on the power-play and one shorthanded. Dzingel’s noticeably stronger 6’0” frame allowed him to better fend off opposing defenders and be more effective in controlling the puck. This was especially evident in his relentless drives to the net and his ability to find and utilize open spaces more effectively.
On Max McCormick:
McCormick finished third on Ohio State’s roster last season with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists) in 40 games. The De Pere, WI native played his best hockey near the end of last season, so the Buckeyes are hoping that he’ll be able to pick up this season where he left off last season. Two notable areas that helped make McCormick so good last season were his stronger play along the walls and the grittiness that he has added to his game.
–Graphic Comments does a great job at explaining advanced statistics (along with a nice jab at Glen Healy for not understanding them). It’s baffling to me how a certain type of fan seems offended by the very idea of the stats (check out some of the comments)–as if facts can cause them harm.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)