Guess who just got back today
Them wild-eyed B-Sens that had been away
Haven’t changed that much to say
But man, I still think that Sortini cat is crazy – Thin Lizzy
If all this Star Wars promotional stuff has the unmistakable characteristics of phony feel-good marketing which has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the sport of ice hockey, at least the historical record of the Binghamton Senators in games against the still relatively new Lehigh Valley Phantoms is very much authentic.
At matters stand at present, the B-Sens currently boast the rather successful all-time record of 10 wins, three losses and one overtime loss in American Hockey League games against Lehigh Valley, home and away. So far this season, the top affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators have won three of their four contests this season versus the top farm club of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. It is very relevant to note that not only have Binghamton spent most of this 2015/16 AHL in the basement of the North Division, the Senators have pretty much been ranked dead last among all fifteen teams in the entire Eastern Conference.
It is also very interesting to point out that the B-Sens have taken seven out of eight possible points from their last four games (three wins, one overtime loss) with the Hamilton Street Heroes at the spectacular PPL Center in downtown Allentown.
With exactly half of the Phantoms’ 76 games on the AHL schedule already in the books, this late afternoon / early evening contest with visiting Binghamton on Sunday could very well be an event which accurately foreshadows the rest of Lehigh Valley’s season. The Providence Bruins have leapfrogged over head coach Scott Gordon’s guys and now occupy fourth place in the Atlantic Division; the P-Bruins can solidify their position somewhat by completing the sweep of a home and home series with the Springfield Falcons today in Rhode Island. Meanwhile, if the Hamilton Street Heroes can not even beat the absolute worst team in the entire Eastern Conference on home ice, just exactly HOW are the Lehigh Valley Phantoms going to qualify for the 2016 Calder Cup playoffs, anyway?