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Ups and Downs: Bingo Edition

A breakdown of how the Binghamton Senators performed in a poor month where they dropped down to last place in the Eastern Conference

AHL All-Star Shane Prince with a solid month for the BSens
AHL All-Star Shane Prince with a solid month for the BSens
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In an awful month for the Binghamton Senators, they took over last place of the AHL Eastern Conference. On the positive side, they haven't struggled in putting the puck in the net. They have the fourth-best goals per game average in the league. On the flip-side, they are dead last in goals against per game, averaging 3.37 against per game.

Biggest Gains: Shane Prince

Big month for Prince, picking up six goals and three assists for nine points over the past 10 games. In his most recent game, he recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick (goal, assist, and a fight) against the Utica Comets where he took on Vancouver Canucks' first-round pick Nicklas Jensen. He plays with a lot of flash and he looks like he can go end-to-end every time he touches the puck. Prince also represented the Binghamton Senators at the AHL All-Star game where he scored a hat trick for the Eastern Conference in a 14-12 loss.

Biggest Losses: Andrew Hammond

For the second time in a row, Hammond has the biggest losses. He has only won one of his past five starts, an 18-save shutout against the Crunch. He gave up a total of 20 (!) goals in his four losses in that span. Due to the Craig Anderson injury, Hammond is currently on recall to Ottawa, but since our last "Ups and Downs: Bingo Edition" he hasn't done much of anything to contribute to Senator success.

Goaltenders Trend Notes
Andrew Hammond

See Biggest Losses.



Defensemen

Fredrik Claesson Freddy has been playing some big minutes for the BSens. He isn't about to be a regular on the scoresheet, but he has been reliable in the defensive zone which is essential with questionable goaltending behind him.
Alex Grant Missed some time in the middle of January with an injury. Struggled in a pair of games against his former team, the Norfolk Admirals and was a -4. Recently, he has seen increased icetime alongside Claesson.
Aaron Johnson The Binghamton captain didn't have his best month defensively, but did manage 6 assists over the past month.
Patrick Mullen Mullen hasn't played since getting injured in a game against Hershey on January 24th.
Michael Sdao He's been out injured since the start of the January, with no timeline of returning.
Chris Wideman He has vastly improved his defensive play, but there is still some improvement necessary. He continues to pick up points from the back end. He has the eighth-most shots in the league.



Forwards

Carter Camper The second-line center had a solid month. He has picked up points in 8 of his past 11 games and has been consistent in his role.
Ryan Dzingel The story of his season so far has been his inconsistency. He scores and puts up points in bunches. He is a fun player to watch, but needs to improve in the d-zone.
Dave Dziurzynski The bottom-six forward plays his role nicely, great on the forecheck, and a strong physical player..
Derek Grant For a player who has been known throughout the organization for his defensive play, a -10 rating over since the turn of the new year just won't do it. With that said, a lot of it can be attributed to some very questionable goaltending. Over that time, he has only picked up three points, all goals.
Alexander Guptill Guptill was one of the somewhat unknown players in the package that came back to Ottawa from Dallas in the Spezza trade. He had seen some time as a healthy scratch earlier this season, but due to some injuries to other player, he got into all but one game so far in 2015. He seems to have changed his style as the season has progressed, opting more for a physical and role playing game than offence. He's also had a couple scraps in recent games.
Darren Kramer Kramer knows his role, and does it perfectly. He goes to the net hard, hits hard, drops the gloves when necessary, and most importantly he isn't a defensive liability. He has had a fight in four of his last six games.
Max McCormick He's a bit banged up right now, with an unclear timetable as to when he'll be back. He's an entertaining and hard-hitting player who isn't afraid to mix it up. Hasn't got on the scoresheet in his past seven games.
Colin Greening He's only found the scoresheet once since his demotion to the AHL, only a single goal through five games. He has looked invisible at times, but he is able to out-muscle other players in the corners and win some battles.
Shane Prince See Biggest Gains.
Matt Puempel He continues to fire the puck, ranking 13th in the league in shots on goal. Playing on the top line alongside Prince and Grant, Puempel is last on the team with a -12 rating.
Buddy Robinson Buddy is a solid player, knows how to use his speed to his advantage, and is a very reliable penalty killer. While playing in more of a bottom-six role at even strength, he has picked up five goals and two assists in his past ten games.
Cole Schneider Schneider missed a big chunk of time in the middle of January, but has come back and returned to his consistent form, picking up points in four of seven since his return. Playing with Camper, and now Greening, the puck always seems to find him in a good spot
Garrett Thompson Thompson has been bouncing in and out of the lineup, playing in a bottom-six role. Doesn't do much to stand out, and only has a pair of points through his past fourteen.

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