AHL Preview: Syracuse Crunch vs. Binghamton Senators

By Lauren Burg
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The AHL‘s Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) open up play following the Christmas holiday tonight by traveling to take on the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) at 7:05pm EST.

This marks the fifth of eight potential meetings, with each team winning two games apiece. The Crunch won the last meeting between the two, 4-3, on Dec 12 and currently lead the Eastern Conference’s East Division. However, they’ve lost their past two games to Adirondack and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Crunch also come in as one of two teams (Springfield being the other) who’s yet to lose consecutive regulation games. On the other hand, the Senators are four games behind the Crunch for the East Division lead and come into this game riding a four game win streak. (Source: Syracusecrunch.com)

The Crunch have a great offense thus far this season, with 100 goals in 28 games. Led by rookie Alex Killorn, with a goal in each of his past six games, and Tyler Johnson‘s 30 points the Crunch come in as the only AHL team boasting six players with 20+ points as well. Meanwhile, the Sens have one of the best goaltenders around in Robin Lehner who has a 10-4 record and an Eastern Conference-best 1.93 GAA. (Source: Syracusecrunch.com)

Another aspect that could come into play would be special teams.  Both the Crunch and Sens struggle with the man-advantage, ranking 17th and 18th respectively this season. However, both teams rank in the AHL top seven for penalty killing. (Source: Syracusecrunch.com)

For any updates follow @SyracuseCrunch on Twitter. Also, feel free to check Syracusecrunch.com for a post-game recap following tonight’s game.




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