#AHL Game Preview: #WBSPens Host Red-Hot #BSens

Friday, November 29, 2013
The top two teams in the American Hockey League's (AHL) East Division battle at the Mohegan Sun Arena in northeast Pennsylvania tonight as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (WBS) host the red-hot Binghamton Senators (BSens), winners in nine of their last ten games coming into tonight's game. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m. EDT.

The Penguins are coming off a disappointing offensive effort in a 3-1 loss to the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday night. The BSens continued their recent hot streak with a convincing 5-1 win over East Division foe Syracuse on Thanksgiving Eve.

Follow Highland Park Hockey on Twitter tonight for all the latest from Mohegan Sun Arena for warmups, lineup notes and in-game updates. A closer look at the two teams after the jump.

By The Numbers

WBS: 12-5-0-2, 26 points, 2nd place East Division (4th - East)
Last Ten Games: 5-4-0-1
BSens; 14-5-0-0, 28 points, 1st place East Division (2nd - East)
Last Ten Games: 9-1-0-0

WBS Leading Scorers: Brian Gibbons (7G-16A), Tom Kostopoulos (8G-9A), Brendan Mikkelson (2G-12A)
BSens Leading Scorers: Mike Hoffman (10G-14A), Stephane Da Costa (6G-13A), Codi Ceci (2G-13A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

WBS - Eric Hartzell (1-0-0, 2.00 GAA, .935 SV%, 0 SO)
BSens - Nathan Lawson (8-2-0, 3.19 GAA, .930 SV%, 0 SO)

For The Senators

Goaltender Nathan Lawson left after the first period of the team's most recent game Wednesday night and did not return. With Lawson out, Andrew Hammond came on in relief and stopped 20 of 21 shots for the win.

Lawson got struck in the throat with a stick per Matt Verderame, BSens best writer for the Press and Sun Bulletin. He finished the first period after being injured but had trouble swallowing so they took him out. Lawson's status for this weekend is unclear, but the BSens did not make a move to add another goaltender for this weekend so at the very least, Lawson will back up Hammond.

Defenseman Cody Ceci is 2nd in the AHL in scoring by rookie defenseman. His teammate Frederik Claesson leads the AHL in plus/minus with a plus 15. Forward J.P. Pageau has 14 points (5G-9A) in 10 games in the month of November.

Expected Lines

Hoffman - Da Costa - Stone
Cowick - Hamilton - Puempel
Prince - O'Brien - Petersson
Schneider - Dziurzynski - Robinson

Ceci - Eckford
Claesson - Sdao
Blood - Wideman

For The Penguins 

Dominik Uher took a puck to the face Wednesday night during the 2nd period and did not return. I'm not sure on his status, but the fact that it was enough to keep him from finishing the game should be noted.

If Uher isn't ready to go tonight, then recent call up forward Carter Rowney will make his WBS Pens debut. Rowney has four games of AHL experience so its not his AHL debut, but he's still relatively new to the pro-style game coming off a four year career at the University of North Dakota.

Also, forward Nick Drazenovic did not play Wednesday night. I haven't seen him on the ice in quite some time, as he hasn't played since a home game against Hershey on November 16th. Drazenovic wasn't skating as of Wednesday, so it's unlikely he'll be in the lineup this weekend.

Expected Lines

Zolnierczyk - Gibbons - Kostopoulos
Kuhnhackl - Carman - Thompson
Farnham - Payerl - Leblond
Sylvester - Manderson - Rowney

Samuelsson - Dumoulin
Mikkelson - Harrington
D'Agostino - Stevenson/Merth

Expected Scratches: Reid McNeill, Peter Merth, Nick Drazenovic and Dominik Uher


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