Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Americans
The Senators return home for a condensed homestand as they open a four-game homestand over the course of the next week with a meeting against the Rochester Americans.
It’ll be the fourth meeting between the two North Division rivals this year and the Senators (14-20-0-3) enter on the back of a two-game losing streak and having gone 3-7 in its previous 10 games. However, the Sens sit just six points out of a playoff spot.
Rochester (22-8-3-3) are second in the North Division and in the conference and have won its past two games.
Belleville is 8-8 at home while the Americans have lost just once in regulation on the road this season in 18 attempts.
Chris Kelly has rejoined the Senators after winning gold at the Spengler Cup with Canada over Christmas by signing a second professional tryout agreement with the team.
Andrew Hammond was also loaned back to Belleville by Colorado and rejoins a goaltender rotation also featuring Marcus Hogberg, Danny Taylor and Chris Driedger.
Forward Ben Sexton and defenceman Pat Sieloff are the only Sens currently out injured.
Rochester holds a 2-1 advantage on the Senators so far this season. Belleville’s only win over the Americans came on Nov. 11 in a 5-4 overtime win that saw Jordan Murray score the first hat-trick in team history.
Who to watch
Veteran forward Chris Kelly returns to the Belleville line-up after missing the previous nine games to play in the Spengler Cup. The 37-year-old has gone pointless in nine contests with Belleville this season.
Seth Griffith has played in only 17 games for Rochester this season but has tallied 16 points in the process (five goals). The 25-year-old has played 18 games with the Buffalo Sabres registering three points this season. In 220 career AHL games, Griffith has 218 points.
Where to watch
Wednesday’s game starts at 7pm and can be seen live on www.theahl.com through their AHL Live application (subscription required) or at Shoeless Joe’s in Belleville.
The radio broadcast on CJBQ 800 begins at 6:50pm with Jack Miller on the call and Paul Svoboda on colour.