Behind Enemy Lines: Senators Preview

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Binghamton Looking to Bag Season Series

der Eishockeyzuschauer



“Well we know where we’re going

But we don’t know where we’ve been
And we know what we’re knowing
But we can’t say what we’ve seen
And we’re not little children
And we know what we want
And the future is certain
Give us time to work it out
Yea …”
-Talking Heads
Those pesky Binghamton Senators invade the PPL Center in downtown Allentown for the fourth and final time this season looking to clinch the 2015/16 AHL season series with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in what will be the seventh of eight games to be played. The B-Sens, who are absolute rock bottom in the 15-team Eastern Conference this term, blew a lead in the third period and ended up bowing to the Phantoms 6-3 at the corner of Seventh and Hamilton Streets in the last game contested between the two teams back on January 27th. Nevertheless, it is the scrappy Binghamton squad who have won four of the six games with Lehigh Valley thus far …
The Binghamton Senators were directly affected by the blockbuster deal involving nine players and a draft pick that the parent Ottawa Senators completed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, February 9th. The B-Sens surrendered Tobias Lindberg, the 20-year-old rookie right wing from Sweden who was fifth on the team in scoring with 22 points (five goals) and had a healthy + 10 plus/minus rating to boot, as well as veteran Colin Greening, the 29-year-old left wing from Cornell University who has skated in 256 NHL games in his career but has spent virtually all of this season in the minors. From the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in the return end of the transaction, Binghamton receive undrafted rookie right wing Casey Bailey (38 ga, 4 go, 18 pts, 16 pen, + 5 def) as well as center Ryan Rupert (29 ga, 6 go, 12 pts, 14 pen, + 11 def) the second-year professional who was the 6th round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2012 NHL Draft.
Bailey, of course, is not only the first former Penn State ice hockey player to ever skate in the vaunted NHL but also the first PSU product to ever appear at the spectacular PPL Center in downtown Allentown, as well. The 24-year-old native of Anchroage, Alaska, had 43 goals and 78 points in 92 career NCAA games for the Nittany Lions before turning professional after his junior season last spring. Having already notched his first NHL goal with the Toronto Maple Leafs last year, will Bailey become the first PSU product to ever light the lamp at Seventh and Hamilton?
Eric O’Dell (42 ga, 17 go, 32 pts, 39 pen, – 11 def), the fairly productive 25-year-old center who has averaged almost a point per game at the AHL level (219 ga, 180 pts) in his five full seasons as a pro, is probably one player to keep an eye on at the PPL Center on Wednesday night. Not only does O’Dell lead the Binghamton Senators in goal-scoring this season, the former 2nd round pick (# 39 overall) of the Anaheim Ducks at the 2008 NHL Draft also paces the B-Sens with four goals against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this term. Indeed, O’Dell had a pair of goals on his last outing in Allentown, albeit in a losing cause.
The B-Sens suffered three heaving defeats in a row last weekend including the 6-2 and 6-1 beat downs issued by the Hershey Bears last Friday and Sunday, respectively. Matt O’Connor, the undrafted rookie out of Boston University who has struggled at times in over the course of his 18 AHL appearances (3.92 avg, .869 svpct) for Binghamton this season, absorbed both of the hammerings from Hershey. The 23-year-old Canadian import has started three of the B-Sens’ six games against Lehigh Valley and acquitted himself well with two wins but will probably not play on Wednesday as the visitors have been faithfully rotating their goaltenders pretty much all season long, anyway.
Chris Driedger (24 ga, 3.08 avg, .902 svpct) has not faced the Lehigh Valley Phantoms since back on November 11th but has, on the whole, easily been the better of Binghamton’s two regular goaltenders this AHL season. It was the 21-year-old Canadian chosen in the 3rd round (# 76 overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Ottawa Senators who turned aside 31 shots during the B-Sens’ 4-1 triumph over the Phantoms onNovember 8th. Considering its his turn in the rotation, Driedger is a virtual lock to be in between the pipes at the PPL Center tonight.  
“HOCKEY NIGHT” is coming up, but for now, Kram’s lyrical response:
“I don’t know where I’m goin’
But I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises in songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind, I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again, here I go again”

Categories: Phantoms Hockey

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