The Ottawa Senators have now won 4 straight games on the road and six in a row overall after a defensive battle in Beantown yesterday which saw Ottawa defeat Boston 2-1.
During this win streak many players have elevated their game, naturally the usual gamebreakers have done their job but it has been the emergence of rookie forward Peter Regin that has impressed me the most. Regin has played both ends of the ice flawlessly and has contributed on the scoresheet with some timely goals. It doesn't hurt that Alex Kovalev has been playing his best hockey of the year while playing with Regin and Ryan Shannon has complemented both players nicely with his speed and playmaking ability.
It will be interesting to see what head coach Cory Clouston does when Jesse Winchester returns from injury. Winchester was playing his best hockey of the season when he went out with an upper body injury. The most likely candidate that could see himself in the press box is Jonathan Cheechoo. Cheechoo works super hard every night but hasn't contributed offensively the way many thought he would. But it's not all Cheechoo's fault, he hasn't been thrust into a top six forward role all year and I truly believe if he was given that opportunity that he would put up some points on the scoresheet.
The most bizarre aspect that has occurred during the Sens six game winning streak is the injury to Pascal LeClaire. The initial diagnosis was that he would be out a week with a concussion. It has been 2 weeks now since he was injured during the morning skate in NY prior to the Sens tilt with the Rangers and he isn't even practising with the team. I wish management would be a little honest when giving out a possible timeframe for an injured players time off. Personally I think there is something else wrong with LeClaire that the coaching staff is hiding.
The Sens had today off and will get ready for the Atlantic Division leading New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place. Ottawa has lost all three games so far this year to New Jersey and this will be their final game this season against the Devils. A win would go a long way towards increasing the Sens confidence against a team they could very well meet up with in the first or second round of the playoffs.
The response I have received regarding the possible move of the Binghamton has been extraordinary! Every fan that e-mailed me was disgusted with the Bryan and Tim Murray's refussal to come to Binghamton. They truly feel that the Murray's don't care about the Baby Sens, if they did you would see them more often. Tim Murray of all people should be there and not Bryan as much. Tim's job as Asst. GM is to oversee the prospects, etc…..but he hasn't one bit. His title last year included GM of the Baby Sens yet he never showed up once. For many Bingo fans it's beyond troubling for them as they fill the arena on average at 80% capacity and feel if Ottawa was more committed to Bingo that the fans would respond and they would be sold out most nights.
The last time any moves were made at the deadline in which both Ottawa and Binghamton were strengthened for playoff runs was when Marshall Johnston was GM. The Baby Sens went to the Conference Finals that year. Since the NHL lockout the Baby Sens have yet to reach the playoffs.
As far as relocation goes, if Ottawa was to remain in Binghamton next year, many fans and sources I have talked to truly believe that the Senators will not renew their AHL affiliate agreement in two years time when it comes up for renewal. At that time the NY Rangers would uproot their AHL team in Hartford and bring it back to Bingo for the first time since 1998.
As I mentioned in my blog last week, Carolina will be moving their AHL affiliate from Albany to Charlotte, here is a link to the article making it official. Watch for a few other affliate changes to occur in the coming months, most notably Edmonton moving their team from Springfield to Oklahoma City.
I will continue to post weekly updates on the Binghamton Senators all season long!
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Written by Kevin Lee
Kevin has had an extensive career as a sports writer and radio show host for almost 10 years. Kevin has covered the NFL, NHL, MLB, NCAA College Football and Basketball. From covering the BCS Championship Game to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals, he has done it all. He has been featured on numerous sports radio stations in Canada and the United States and often a weekly guest on numerous XM and Sirius Satellite radio shows. He has also had his work featured on FoxSports.com.