#AHL Game Preview: Reloaded/Recharged, #WBSPens Take on Division-Leading Binghamton

Friday, February 14, 2014
A mid-season showdown between the WBS Pens and BSens tonight.
The top two teams in the American Hockey League's (AHL) East Division battle for first place at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena tonight when the Binghamton Senators (BSens) host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (WBS) at 7:00 p.m. EST.

It's the first game back after the AHL All-Star break, which saw the AHL All-Stars and Swedish Hockey League's Farjestad BK compete in a skills competition and game Tuesday and Wednesday night.

The Penguins are coming off a three game weekend last week which saw them get five out of a possible six points, with wins over Portland and Adirondack on Friday and Saturday and an overtime loss on Sunday to the Hershey Bears.

The Senators come into tonight's game looking for a fresh start post All-Star break, having lost three of their previous four games including a 5-4 overtime loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs in their last game before the break last Saturday.

The Pens (28-16-2-3) trail the BSens (29-15-1-3) by one point for first place in the division, and with a regulation win, could be the top team in the East Division and third best in the Eastern Conference. A regulation loss by the Penguins would put them three points back in the division with one more game played and in a dog fight with six teams battling for the 4-8th seed in the conference. It's a big game for both teams in what you can call the proverbial mid-season showdown.

You can follow tonight's action live with in-game updates on Twitter (@H_P_Hockey or on the left hand column of this page). Check back shortly after the game with a recap of all the action.

A deeper look into both teams, with expected starting goaltenders and lineups, team and individual statistics and more after the jump.

By The Numbers

WBS: 28-16-2-3 = 61 points, Second Place East Division (4th - East)
Last Ten Games: 5-4-1-0

BSens: 29-15-1-3 = 62 points, First Place East Division (3rd - East)
Last Ten Games: 6-3-1-0

WBS Leading Scorers: Tom Kostopoulos (17G-14A), Harry Zolnierczyk (15G-12A), Brian Gibbons (9G-18A)
BSens Leading Scorers: Mike Hoffman (25G-33A), Stephane Da Costa (12G-26A), Cole Schneider (15G-22A)

Expected Starting Goaltenders

WBS - Eric Hartzell (10-6-1, 1.93 GAA, .921 SV%, 3 SO)
BSens - Andrew Hammond (13-10-3, 3.26 GAA, .895 SV%, 0 SO)

Expected Lineups

BSens

Hoffman-Da Costa-Schneider
Prince-O'Brien-Petersson
Cowick-Pageau-Stone
Dziurzynski-Hamilton-Kramer

Borowiecki-New
Eckford-Claesson
Blood-Wideman

WBS

Zolnierczyk - Gibbons - Megna
Zlobin - Ebbett - Kostopoulos
Uher - Drazenovic - Kuhnhackl/Machacek
Farnham - Carmen - Leblond

Samuelsson - Despres
Harrington - Mikkelson
McNeill - Ruopp/D'Agostino

WBS Injured List: Brian Dumoulin (lower body), Zach Sill (upper body), Payerl (upper body), Machacek (day-to-day)

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