Although things aren't very rosy in Ottawa, the Binghamton Senators are having a pretty good season so far--thanks in large part to some strong goaltending from Nathan Lawson and a well-rounded group of forwards.
The team, who play tonight against the Adirondack Phantoms, are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference with a 9-4 record. They won three games in three nights last weekend, putting them on a four-game winning streak.
Mike Hoffman is leading the team in scoring with 16P (8G, 8A) in 13GP, a number that places him tied for ninth in the AHL. Cody Ceci has 12P (2G, 10A) in 13A to lead Bingo blueliners, which is good for fourth among defencemen league-wide and tied for fifth among AHL rookies. Besides Hoffman, Stephane Da Costa is the only point-per-game B-Sens player, and he has 12P (3G, 9A) in 10GP since being sent down from Ottawa. Da Costa was named CCM/AHL Player of the Week last week.
Jim O'Brien, on the other hand has one point (a goal) in eight games played. He's been injured for the last little bit, which is why he hasn't been playing. Mark Stone is also, once again, injured; he's only played four games this year.
In nets, Nathan Lawson ranks 12th in the AHL (among goalies with over 240 minutes played) with a GAA of 2.32, but he's sixth in the league in save percentage with a .929 proficiency. Andrew Hammons struggled mightily to start his AHL career, allowing five goals in each of his first two games played, but he's won his last two starts and is (slowly) improving his numbers.
The season's still young, but Bingo's in a good place for the time being. Hopefully they can keep things going as the season goes on.
- Craig Anderson gets the start tonight against the Bruins. It's the right call. [Citizen]
- Erik Condra is still out with his injury, and Patrick Wiercioch and Joe Corvo will be the healthy scratches on the back-end. Chris Phillips is back in. [@Citizenkwarren]
- Prediction panel mostly expects a Boston win. [Citizen]
- Clarke MacArthur likes his line. [Citizen]
- What might Ted Nolan's Buffalo Sabres look like this year? They'll probably be mean and hard-working, for starters. [Die By The Blade]
- So far this year, the Edmonton Oilers have been near franchise-historical levels of terribleness. [Copper and Blue]
- Nazem Kadri was suspended for three games so the Leafs centre depth is also near franchise-historical levels of terribleness. [PPP]
- The Philadelphia Flyers are--like Ottawa--lighting mups this year, and fans aren't happy about it. [Broad Street Hockey]
- Craig MacTavish doesn't like the way his team is playing, but he doesn't want to change the team in any significant way to get different results. He might trade a first-rounder, though. [Sun]
- The Ottawa 67s aren't doing well this year, although they're improved from last. They lost last night to the London Nights. [Sun]