Last game: The B-Sens scored a 4-2 decision over the visiting Hershey Bears in front of a sold-out crowd at the Broome County Arena on Friday. It was the first win for Binghamton against Hershey this season.
Saturday’s opponent: The Hartford Wolf Pack is the AHL affiliate of the New York Rangers. Binghamton has been affiliated with the Ottawa Senators since 2002.
Head-to-head: This is the second of two meetings this season between these two squads. Binghamton won 1-0 at Hartford, back on October 22.
Standings: Binghamton is tied for third in the Eastern Conference’s East Division with a record of 9-7-1-1 (20 points). Hartford is tied for sixth in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, with a record of 5-10-2-2 (14 points). Binghamton is 5-4-1-0 at home, while the Wolf Pack is 3-4-0-1 on the road.
Binghamton by the numbers: The B-Sens are averaging 3.28 goals-per- game, through 18 games (ranked 4th). They have allowed an average of 3.00 goals-per-game (ranked 22nd). They are 18-for-86 on the power- play this season, 20.9%, (ranked 4th). The B-Sens’ have given up 15 goals on 81 chances on the penalty kill, 81.5% (ranked 18th).
Hartford by the numbers: Hartford is averaging 2.21 goals-per-game, through 19 games, (ranked 28th). They have allowed 2.63 goals-per-game, (ranked 14th). The team is 14-for-75 on the power-play, 18.7% (ranked 13th). The Hartford penalty kill has allowed 17 goals in 90 chances against 81.1%, (ranked 21st).
Binghamton Ice Chips: Corey Locke was scratched Friday night against Hershey due to a bout with the flu. He is a game time decision tonight. Locke still leads the AHL with his 26 points, including a league-leading 19 assists. He is four points ahead of Hershey’s Andrew Gordon, who was held off the scoresheet Friday night in Binghamton.
Locke was a member of the Wolf Pack last season. In 76 games, he scored 31 goals and added 54 assists for 85 points, leading the team in all three categories.
Robin Lehner is likely to start tonight in goal for Binghamton. B-Sens’ coach Kurt Kleinendorst, would not tip his hand after Friday’s game, but with Barry Brust playing the last six games in net, you would think Lehner, who hasn’t played since November 10 due to injury, would be in there.
Hartford Ice Chips: The Wolf Pack won Friday night, 5-2 over Springfield. Former Ottawa Senator Wade Redden scored in the second period of that game and is expected to be in the lineup tonight against Binghamton.
Jeremy Williams is Hartford’s leading point producer with 16, including 10 goals. Kris Newbury leads the team with 14 goals.
This is Hartford’s last trip to the Broome County Arena. They will be known as the Connecticut Whale, beginning November 27th. As Binghamton fans well know, they were also known as the Binghamton Rangers until 1997, before bolting for Hartford.
Next up: Binghamton heads to Wilkes-Barre Scranton Sunday, to take on the Penguins for the third time this season. Game time is 3:05 PM. The Penguins first visit to the arena happens Thanksgiving night.