Belleville 2, Toronto 4; Belleville 4, Toronto 2; Belleville 8, Laval 2

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Just like the BSens recent set of games this post is a 3-in-3. I was able to catch the first game live, but the other two were caught on replay. Like a lot of bad teams the BSens are on a bit of a streak (for them), going 5-4-1 through March, which ties the most points in any month this season (January) with two games in hand. While the org is likely telling itself this is a sign that the ship is righting, it’s simply an expected consequence of playing meaningless games late in the season.

Speaking of the org, its love affair with bringing back former members of the roster (Chris KellyJoe Corvo, etc) continues, as they picked up Utica castoff David Dziurzynski–Dizzy failed out of the DEL last year (50-11-6-17) and after struggling with Florida in the ECHL (19-2-1-3) he spent almost a third of the season accomplishing just as little with the Comets (27-3-3-6). I like Dizzy, but just like Eric Selleck he doesn’t move the needle in terms of helping the team. Speaking of the roster, it’s worth noting Andrew Hammond was re-assigned by Colorado to their affiliate (San Antonio) rather than to Belleville, and Filip Gustavsson (who started against Laval on Sunday) has taken his old number, so he won’t be back. The four-headed monster in goal remains unchanged.

Shots: 27-33
PP: 0-2
PK: 2-3
Scoring chances: 10
Key saves: 6
The Goals
1. Werek intercepts the puck at the blueline and scores with a low wrist-shot
2. Toronto – bang in a rebound (Leier and Murray slow on coverage)
3. Toronto PP – great passing (Selleck asleep on coverage)
4. Toronto – 3-on-2 against (Reinhart lazy on the backcheck) with the high man scoring through traffic
5. Toronto – bang in their own rebound (fourth line embarrassingly running around ineffectively)
6. White bangs in Pokka’s rebound

Notable plays: Sieloff gets crushed resulting in a fight (Marlie knocked out; first); Werek scores after the whistle (second)

Belleville 4, Toronto 2

Shots: 31-33
PP: 0-5
PK: 4-4
Scoring chances: 10
Key saves: 5
The Goals
1. Murray scores from the top of the slot (defenseman tipping his shot)
2. Reinhart scores in the slot
3. Toronto – Leier doesn’t collapse down low leaving a Marlie open to bang in a pass from behind the net
4. Toronto – score on a 5-on-2 rush
5. Moutrey scores from a terrible angle
6. White with a shorthanded empty-netter

Notable plays: O’Brien misses the net on a 2-on-1 (first); Murray down in pain after a hit (stayed in the game; first)

Belleville 8, Laval 2

Shots: 32-39
PP: 2-4
PK: 3-4
Scoring chances: 15
Key saves: 5
The Goals
1. Laval – Lajoie turns it over and Laval scores through Burgdoerfer
2. White SH deke on a breakaway
3. Pokka PP – Reinhart misses an empty-net but Pokka bangs in the missed shot
4. Pokka PP – after a 5-on-3 expires he scores with a low shot from the top of the circle
5. Laval PP – Sieloff is slow to get into position leaving his check wide open to deflect in a point shot (Burgdoerfer’s check was also open in front, but the shot didn’t go to that side)
6. Jaros – just as the powerplay expires he scores on a low one-timer
7. Dziurzynski – bangs in a rebound
8. Leier is gifted an empty net by White on a 3-on-1
9. Selleck scores off a Pokka rebound
10. Pokka with the hat-trick as his point shot trickles in

Notable plays: Randell fumbles the puck in front of the net and can’t get a shot (first); Selleck jumps a guy (Gregoire) and a bruha breaks out (third)

Three different goaltenders played in what were three similar games. Each ‘tender made a similar number of key saves and the goals they gave up were also quite similar (results of bad coverage), so what was the difference? The game Hogberg lost was also the game the BSens lost the special teams battle–it’s also the game they had the fewest shots, fewest powerplays, and fewest goals. I feel like I need to dig deeper on Hogberg than I did in my prospect review because while he was giving up some bad goals earlier in the season it seems like he’s also been quite unlucky–I need to do the digging before I can be definitive about it (maybe it is as simple as he’s struggling to adapt to the smaller ice or he’s not as good against the game that’s played on it).

As for the newly minted Filip Gustavsson: he really didn’t have much to do in the Laval game. The Rocket fired a lot of shots, but didn’t have many great chances. The most noticeable thing was he was calmer in net than Hogberg, but it’s one game, so I’d take that assessment with a grain of salt.

The eight-goal outburst against the hapless Rocket is the biggest output of the season for Belleville (two more than the previous high, their 6-2 win over Leigh Valley in November). It’s one of those games where virtually everyone was racking up points so the notable performances were: Ville Pokka‘s (whom resident genius Kurt Kleinendorst banished to the second unit PP the previous game despite him improving the team’s lackluster powerplay) and Colin White. The first-rounder has been enormously inconsistent offensively this season, although some of that can be blamed on bizarre usage. As for Pokka, the points are an important part of him getting a new contract (with Ottawa or someone else).

A number of streaks were broken:
-the second unit PP scored for the first time since January (thanks to Pokka), a streak lasting a mindboggling 22-games
-Pokka’s first goal (goals) as a BSen (16 games in)
-Lajoie’s first PP point since December
-Murray’s first PP point since January (he broke a 13-game pointless streak in the win over Toronto)
-Jaros broke an 11-game goalless drought
-Werek had his first assist (assists) since January (as well as his first multi-point game)
-Moutrey had his first point since being acquired (taking him 8-games)
-the team scored multiple PP-goals for the first time since February 19th (5-4 loss to Utica)
-the scoring chances in the Laval game were the most since February 9th (7-4 loss to Toronto)

A successful weekend of sorts, although all the annoying idiosyncrasies of the season. It’s interesting that Kleinendorst has been ramming Ryan Scarfo down the throat of the lineup given his general reluctance with talented prospects (pressure from above perhaps?). I haven’t been impressed with the bulk of the additions (old or new), but it has been nice to have Christian Jaros back, albeit with limited ice time.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)


A Look at the Prospects in Belleville

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Interest in the Sens AHL affiliate has always been limited, but the dumpster fire in Belleville’s inaugural season makes that indifference even stronger as fans want the few talented players up in Ottawa. I’d rather have development occur in the AHL (with the exception of a player like Thomas Chabot who doesn’t need it), albeit with the current coaching staffs (staves? rummodlic gamol Englisc) it’s not likely either environment is the best for development.

I’ve limited this exploration to players on ELCs–I don’t think there are hidden depths to explore in the current crop of four-year players like McCormick or Driedger. What I’ll specifically look at, along with the obvious numbers, is their performance through the vagaries of the lineup along with special teams (certain players, like Filip Chlapik, have been jerked around all season). The players are arranged by position (forward, defense, goaltender) and then points-per-game (PPG); I’ve detailed their performance by line or pairing, along with how the team has performed with them on the powerplay (including their relative usage on first or second units), along with their performance on the penalty kill where applicable. Any stat that is a team-high I’ve highlighted in bold.

Team numbers to keep in mind: Belleville is a low scoring team and this depresses offensive totals. On special teams they’ve had 36 PPG’s this season through 456 shifts, or 7.8% per shift; the first unit has scored 31 of those goals in 264 shifts (11.7%), while the second unit has just 5 goals in 192 shifts (2.6%); the team has given up 64 PPG’s vs 701 forward shifts (or 90.8% per shift), with 64 vs 540 defense-pairing shifts (88.1%)–the difference between forward/defense shifts on the PP is negligible.

Filip Chlapik (20, C/L) 50-10-2030 PPP 12 0.60 93 shots
Lines (only 5-on-5 points included)
1 3-0-0-0 0.00
2 22-2-7-9 0.41
3 18-2-3-5 0.27
4 7-3-1-4 0.57
Special Teams (on-ice for goals for PP or against for PK)
PP 9.7% (spent 78.9% on the first unit; further breakdown below)

Jerked around by the coaching staff all season (for reasons known only to themselves), his relatively consistent production has allowed him to slowly claw his way to the top of the scoring pile (although he still trails Sexton in PPG).  Ottawa’s merciful removal of Jim O’Brien and Max McCormick have provided him the ice time he’s needed to start to flourish. His overall PP percentage seems a bit low, but when you breakdown his unit time he’s on the high end for both (5.1% on the second unit and 14.9% on the first). Oddly enough what’s allowed him to get top PP time since February is Kleinendorst moving him to the point–prior to that other players were slotted in the center or leftwing position he’d otherwise occupy.

Colin White (21, C/R) 44-8-14-22 PPP 8 0.50 82 shots
1 11-0-2-2 0.18
2 19-4-4-8 0.42
3 13-2-2-4 0.30
4 1-0-0-0 0.00
Special Teams
PP 12.9% (spent 98.5% on the first unit)
PK 92.2%

With higher pedigree Kleinendorst hasn’t messed around with him as much as Chlapik, although his numbers at this level are a bit lower than expected. Coming into March he was the best penalty killer on the team, but Sexton has now passed him (not that #2 is a bad sign). The only complaint you can make about him is the aforementioned production.

Nick Paul (23, C/LW) 47-11-10-21 PPP 10 0.44 94 shots
1 19-1-6-7 0.36
2 25-4-0-4 0.16
3 2-0-0-0 0.00
Special Teams
PP 10.0% (spent 76.7% on the first unit)
PK 91.8%

As a third-year pro he should be better than this. Paul has enjoyed the most consistent top-six ice time among the prospects, but the numbers just aren’t there. What’s become clear is when surrounded with talented linemates he can produce at a certain level in the AHL, but that’s just not going to cut in the NHL. Like Chlapik he hasn’t consistently been on the first PP unit, but his production here is just as hinged to linemates (he’s just 2.7% on the second unit vs 17.6% on the first). His penalty killing has been solid, but for whatever reason Kleinendorst has used him there inconsistently (preferring talentless grinders like Tyler Randall or the newly acquired Eric Selleck). What this season has said to me is that he’s not an NHL-talent, but he can be a useful AHL forward.

Jack Rodewald (24, RW) 51-11-11-22 PPP 1 0.43 84 shots
1 15-2-2-4 0.26
2 27-7-7-14 0.51
3 7-1-1-2 0.28
4 2-0-1-1 0.50
Special Teams
PP 5.4% (spent 28.1% on the first unit)
PK 85.4% 48-7

The Sens had him on a safe, multi-year AHL-contract and threw it all away after he had a hot start to the season. Rodewald went cold and with the season near its end the 24-year old isn’t any better than he was previously. Unlike the rookies above, however, he’s enjoyed vastly favourable 5-on-5 usage (where he has more points than everyone else, but that’s impacted by the increased TOI to do so). Even more so than Nick Paul above, he cannot produce without talented linemates (think of Colin Greening–good size, good speed, decent shot, but unable to generate anything on his own). His lackluster PP production can be linked (in part) to usage, although with so many reps on the second unit he is clearly part of the issue (12.9% on the first, 2.5% on the second). On the PK he’s been an absolute disaster and Kleinendorst moved away from using him there fairly early in the season.

Gabriel Gagne (21, C/W) 60-18-5-23 PPP 4 0.38 153 shots
1 28-6-4-10 0.35
2 7-2-0-2 0.28
3 16-2-1-3 0.18
4 9-4-0-4 0.44
Special Teams
PP 6.3% (spent 29.7% on the first unit)

I thought he might be a bust last season, but he’s shown signs of life this year even though his numbers aren’t overwhelming. He’s bounced around the lineup and despite a lot of use on the top line that was mostly with the underwhelming O’BrienMcCormick combination. His PP numbers look unimpressive, although he’s actually produced as much on the second unit than anyone else (his percentage is still low at 3.0%); he’s 16.6% in his limited first unit time. He’s got deceptive speed, is good one-on-one, and has a great shot. I’m not clear on how good a passer he is, but it feels like there’s a lot more depth to explore (and he still hasn’t filled out his 6’5 frame).

Francis Perron (21, C/L) 44-4-11-15 PPP 3 0.34 61 shots
1 2-0-0-0 0.00
2 6-1-4-5 0.83
3 24-2-4-6 0.25
4 12-1-0-1 0.08
Special Teams
PP 4.8% (spent 31.7% on the first unit)
PK 87.6%

His season is currently derailed by injury, but prior to that the coaching staff was happily derailing it with usage. He barely played in the top-six 5-on-5, but that limited sample is encouraging. With lackluster linemates he struggled to produce, but he’s not that far off the numbers of other prospects when marooned in the bottom-six. His PP numbers aren’t great (1.7% on the second unit, 11.5% on the first), although they drift towards the average in limited first unit use. He struggled on the PK and while I think the org believes he’s another Pageau I’m not sure that’s the role that really suits him. I consider this a lost season and the next will really tell us who he is (assuming there’s a decent coach in charge).

Christian Jaros (21, RD) 33-2-10-12 PPP 5 0.36 65 shots
Englund 27-0-6-6 0.22
Lajoie 4-0-1-1 0.25
Murray 1-0-0-0 0.00
Chabot 1-0-0-0 0.00
Special Teams
PP 6.8% (spent 35.2% on the first pairing)
PK 83.9%

Has missed a lot of time due to injury–that and the usual bizarre coaching decisions have played havoc with his season. One Kleinendorstian oddity is wrapping Englund around him like an anchor–the underwhelming Swede (see below) has caused the Slovak all kinds of trouble. He’s been reasonably effective on the second unit PP (4.5%), but was much better on the first (11.1%) in his limited time there. On the PK he’s struggled a great deal, but he was improving in January when taken away from Englund. When he came over from the SHL I was worried about his offensive chops, but at least at the AHL level he’s got what he needs (good speed, a great shot, and decent hands).

Maxime Lajoie (20, DL) 45-0-11-11 PPP 4 0.24 39 shots
Murray 16-0-2-2 0.12
Englund 8-0-2-2 0.25
Burgdoerfer 6-0-2-2 0.33
Erkamps 6-0-0-0 0.00
Jaros 4-0-0-0 0.00
Pokka 2-0-1-1 0.50
Sieloff 1-0-0-0 0.00
Melancon 1-0-0-0 0.00
7th D 1-0-0-0 0.00
Special Teams
PP 3.9% (spent 8.6% on the first unit)
PK 96.0% (small sample size)

I was a bit puzzled at the alacrity with which the Sens signed him two years ago and while that excitement still seems out of proportion, I at least understand their interest now that I’ve seen him play. Much like Perron he’s been jerked around by the coaching staff all season and often paired with players who don’t suit him. Despite those problems his puckmoving ability has shone through. His PP time hasn’t been that productive (no points since December, with a second unit tally of 1.7% and a rarely used first at 18.1%). He and Jordan Murray have no chemistry whatsoever and the pair have spent much of the year as a duo on the second unit (I like him with Jaros, as I’ve mentioned in the past). The last two months he’s seen very limited duty on the PK and has done well, but it’s a limited sample size so it’s not something I’d trust yet.

Andreas Englund (22, DL) 64-1-9-10 0.15 49 shots
Jaros 27-0-5-5 0.18
Burgdoerfer 13-0-2-2 0.15
Lajoie 8-1-0-1 0.12
Chabot 4-0-1-1 0.25
Sieloff 4-0-0-0 0.00
Erkamps 3-0-1-1 0.33
Murray 2-0-0-0 0.00
Pokka 1-0-0-0 0.00
Corrin 1-0-0-0 0.00
Special Teams
PK 86.3% 263-36

The Swedish pylon continues his underwhelming adventures in the AHL. While the team loves his size and physicality, he really does nothing else and shown no tangible improvement over last season. He can’t move the puck and while he doesn’t produce turnovers at the breakneck speed of Burgdoerfer he can’t really move the puck up the ice. He’s struggled on the PK, especially since January when Kleinendorst started playing his D-pairings for most of or the entire length of a penalty. The org would be better off trading him away, but it’s unlikely since Randy Lee loves his big bruisers.

Marcus Hogberg (23, GL) .892 3.51 4-10-0 (ECHL 7-7-1 2.96 .919)
Goal support: 2.28 (-0.15)
Average shots allowed: 32.4/60 min (-0.4)

He’s had a wildly inconsistent rookie season where he didn’t get his first AHL start until late December due to the four-goalie clusterfuck in Belleville (which is now five thanks to Filip Gustavsoon, granting that it appears neither Andrew Hammond nor Chris Driedger will ever play again). On the one hand I expected him to be better, but on the other I was expecting him to arrive in sane circumstances and be part of the regular rotation. Comparing apples to apples his numbers are better than Driedger‘s (.885; in the AHL at least) and not that far behind either Danny Taylor (.899) nor Hammond (.900), which indicates just how bad the blueline is. It’s his erratic performances that make me wonder how much is the goalie coach and the situation (his errors are technical, as in not being set properly and being small in the net–this was troubling Taylor as well during the first half of the season). He isn’t, in my opinion, as much of a dud as Matt O’Connor was when he arrived from the NCAA (now plying his trade in the ECHL, incidentally), but he could be like Driedger where flashes of brilliance are plagued by inconsistency. The Belleville situation is a mess and he’s still young enough as a goaltender that I wouldn’t panic about him yet.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Belleville 4, Utica 3

The BSens won an entertaining game against Utica on Saturday. Mercifully Mike Blunden was out of the lineup, although Kleinendorst’s newest man-crush Eric Selleck continues to play more than makes any sense. It was a great game for Filip Chlapik who extended his point streak to four-games and enjoyed his first ever three-point effort (amusingly, Kleinendorst rewarded Ciampini with extra TOI throughout the first two periods when he was simply benefiting from being on Chlapik’s line). The Czech rookie now leads the team in scoring (second in points-per-game behind Sexton).

Shots: 30-39
PP: 0-3
PK: 4-5
Scoring chances: 9
Key saves: 7
The Goals
1. Chlapik on a breakaway
2. Ciampini on a spin-around shot off Chlapik’s feed
3. Utica – right after their PP expires a blocked shot is banged in
4. Utica PP – Taylor beat shortside with a high backhander
5. Rodewald off a nice feed from Lajoie
6. Chlapik on an empty-net
7. Utica – Taylor over commits to the initial shot and is down and out for the rebound off the blocked shot

Notable plays:  Murray hits the crossbar on a breakaway (second); Chlapik and White both choose to pass instead of scoring on the empty-netter and Sexton just misses high (third).

As mentioned above Blunden missed the game and the team continues to thrive without him (10-10-3 versus 14-26-2). The org is completely oblivious to this kind of thing however and when he returns to the lineup he’ll play just as much as he always has.

One change Kleinendorst did make, however, was loading up his first line by adding Chlapik to Sexton-White. This happened in the third period and marks the first time he’s put them all together outside the powerplay all season.

Streaks of note:
-Werek has now gone twenty games without a point
-The second unit PP also hit the twenty game mark in terms of futility

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Belleville 1, Toronto 3

I Caught this on replay. Prior to the game the Sens signed Union College grad Ryan Scarfo (C/L) to an ATO; the center had a career year (38-20-16-36) as a senior, leading the team in scoring (tied in PPG’s with the undrafted Brett Supinksi, but very close to undrafted Cole Maier). The BSens have a lousy track record with ATOs (anyone remember Nick Craven?), so I don’t expect much, but they are really short at forward right now so could use the bodies.

Shots: 29-36
PP: 1-5
PK: 4-5
Scoring chances: 13
Key saves: 12
The Goals
1. Toronto – Hogberg throws the puck up the boards which is picked off and he can’t get set as the Marlie walks in all alone
2. Toronto PP – low wrister from the top of the circle
3. PP – Sexton scores through a crowd
4. Toronto – an unpressured Blunden throws the puck up the middle of the ice and the Marlies one-time it from the dot

Notable plays: Reinhart misses an empty net (first); Blunden runs a Marlie from behind (first); Blunden crashes awkwardly into the boards (second; stayed in the game); Werek takes a dumb penalty and Marlies keep possession for 1:20 afterwards (third); Reinhart makes an offside pass on a 3-on-2 (third).

It was a great game for Hogberg who stood on his head the first two periods when the BSens were outshot 32-18. Kleinendorst’s frustratingly stupid decisions continued–why continue to put Selleck on the PK? Why play Moutrey? Why not put Chlapik on the White-Sexton line when you need a goal? Why does Blunden continue to get an enormous amount of minutes? So many questions. Christian Jaros, who returned from injury after missing 20 games (the team was 4-14-2 without him), didn’t play much.

Streaks of note:
-Werek’s pointless streak hit 19 games
-Blunden’s goalless streak hit 20 games (still getting regular PP time, however)
-The second unit PP has now been without a goal in 19 games

A question: Kleinendorst has been using just two defensemen to kill penalties fairly frequently the last couple of months–I can’t think of any other pro team that does this, but if someone can correct me please do. On the face of it I can’t see how it helps.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Belleville 3, Laval 4 (OT); Belleville 5, Laval 3

The BSens wrapped up their last trip to Laval going 1-0-1, blowing a 3-1 lead in the first game and losing in overtime, while winning the second game after trailing 3-0. I believe the latter game is the first comeback with Hogberg in the net that we’ve seen, but it was a costly victory as both Nick Paul and Colin White left with injuries. Eric Selleck has played more minutes in his seven games in Belleville than his 30+ in the Ranger organization prior to the trade (at least it feels like it).

Shots: 31-30
PP: 1-4
PK: 4-6
Scoring chances: 11
Key saves: 3
The Goals
1. Gagne bangs in his own rebound
2. Laval – Taylor beat by a one-timer from the blueline
3. PP Sexton with a rocket top shelf
4. Rodewald after a great passing play via Sexton and Chlapik
5. Laval PP – Taylor beat by another slapper from the point
6. Laval – one-timer
7. Laval PP – Taylor beat short side

Notable plays: Chlapik unintentionally pushes a Laval player into the boards head first–Sexton scores while the ref is calling the penalty (second); bunch of fights after a big hit on Gagne which results in him fighting and subsequently being hurt (for the first time this season; third); Paul passes to no one on a 2-on-1 (OT)

Not a great game for Taylor, who in general has been playing more at his expected level, but hasn’t been able to completely get his game in shape.

Shots: 22-24
PP: 0-4
PK: 3-3
Key saves: 9
Scoring chances: 11
The Goals
1. Laval – rebound through a crowd
2. Laval – deke on an odd-man rush
3. Laval – great one-timer five-hole in the slot (White unable to tie up the stick or keep up)
4. Rodwald on a breakaway
5. Selleck cleans up Lajoie’s sneaky shot
6. Sexton bounces the puck off of Rodewald
7. Ciampini scores from the top of the circle
8. Reinhart hits the empty net after missing it moments before

Notable plays: Paul hurt on a hit (looked like his shoulder)–returned for a few shifts but was eventually out of the game (first); Randell takes a butt end to the face that isn’t called (first); White hurts his ankle or leg as he awkwardly falls–like Paul plays a few shifts before being taken out (first); Blunden can’t pull the trigger in the slot (second)

Some streaks of note:
-Hogberg broke a personal five-game losing streak
-Sieloff broke a 32-game pointless streak (!)
-Werek has gone 18 games without a point
-Blunden has gone 19 games without a goal
-Reinhart had his first goal in 13 games (albeit vs an empty net)
-Rodewald had his first multi-point game since November (40 games ago); it was also his first multi-goal game this season
-The second PP unit’s goalless streak has reached 18 games (the first unit has scored 11 goals over the same timeframe)

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

Belleville 1, Utica 0; Belleville 2, Bridgeport 4; Belleville 1, Toronto 4

I’m a bit late on my review this week, but all-in-all those of you who didn’t watch this trio of games didn’t miss much. The BSens scored first in all three of their three-in-three, but won only the first in what was a relatively dull set when it comes to entertainment value.

Belleville 1, Utica 0
Shots: 28-32
PP: 0-5
PK: 4-4
Scoring chances: 6
Key saves: 6
The Goal
1. Gagne scores short side on the rush

Notable plays: Reinhart misses the net from two feet out (second); great pass by Chlapik from behind the net to Moutrey who can’t handle it (second); White hits the crossbar (second); weird play off the opening faceoff on the powerplay at center ice–both Pokka and Chlapik (playing the points) raced forward when the puck was dropped (third); Moutrey hits Chlapik shooting from the slot (third); Chlapikd great cross-ice pass to Moutrey who missed the net (third); Sieloff misses the empty net (third)

Belleville 2, Bridgeport 4
PP: 1-6
PK: 1-3
Scoring chances: 6
Key saves: 6
The Goals
1. Sexton tips in Erkamps’ one-timer
2. PP Paul with a wrister from the slot
3. Bridgeport PP – score off a rebound
4. Bridgeport – point shot goes in high
5. PP Bridgeport – Selleck turns it over at the blueline and the point shot goes through five-hole
6. Bridgeport – Chlapik’s pass is deflected and they score on the empty-net

Notable plays: Blunden misses the net all alone in the slot (first); Chlapik great pass to Englund through traffic (first); Selleck accidentally takes out the ref (first); Colin White was injured (upper body) this game.

Belleville 1, Toronto 4
PP: 0-2
PK: 3-5
Scoring chances: 7
Key saves: 10
The Goals
1. Englund with a nice backhander all alone in front
2. Toronto PP – Sieloff gets puck watching and can’t block the pass in front
3. Toronto – deflection in front
4. Toronto PP – one-timer from the top of the circle
5. Toronto – Moutrey turns it over and the Marlie walks into the slot and scores

Notable plays: Gagne with a great effort to get a partial breakaway (first); Sieloff makes an ill-advised pinch leading to a 3-on-1 (first); Englund stupidly pushes a player into Taylor (first); Moutrey can’t get a shot all alone in front (first); reat pass by Chlapik to Rodewald for a scoring chance (first); Lajoie with a great pass to Moutrey (second)

Selleck played a ton of this game for some reason and the Marlies ate him for breakfast. Englund’s goal was his first of the season (in game #60!).

With the BSens playing no meaningful games at this point Kleinendorst continues to favour his veterans to no meaningful effect. Selleck, who isn’t really an AHL-player, has been on the first or second line in four of his five games; Blunden and Reinhart, who have both been awful all season long, are anchoring the second line; Moutrey, who doesn’t have offensive skills, has spent half his time on the first line. Chlapik, one of the most talented players on the roster, has been buried in the third line for the last six games and seen his point totals dry up accordingly.

The conservatism has seen the coach attempt to have just two defensemen play entire penalty kills (contributing to the recent 8-13 PK run) and the second unit powerplay has now gone 16 games without a goal (the one constant on it is Blunden).

Current Streaks of Note
Sieloff: no points in 31 games
Blunden: 17 game goalless streak
Werek: 16 game pointless streak
Murray: 9 game pointless streak
Reinhart: 8 game pointless streak
Gagne: 1 point in his last 9
Rodewald: 1 point in his last 8
Sexton: point-per-game pace his last fourteen

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)