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Game Day Build-Up: Senators @ Devils, Jan. 5

 

 

The set-up

For the second straight game the Belleville Senators will face the Binghamton Devils but this time make the across the border after Wednesday’s game at the Yardmen.

The Sens (14-18-0-3) have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games while the Devils (10-18-4-1) are on a three-game losing streak.

With their shootout win Wednesday, Belleville is now an impressive 10-2-0-3 in one-goal games this season. The win was also the fourth time this season the Senators have won after trailing after 40 minutes.

Pre-game thoughts

Senators forward Kyle Flanagan returned to the line-up Wednesday for the first time since Oct. 7 after injury kept him out of the line-up for three months and having spent time on the shelf before with concussions, Flanagan was just relieved to get back on the ice.

Kyle Flanagan

“It was so much fun. It was three months, second game of the year I got hurt, I was in no rush to get back with the number of concussions I’ve had and since the data behind it now you just take your time and you make sure that everything is clear and you check all your boxes and coming back tonight was awesome. It was so much fun especially to get the win.”

Roster notes

Belleville signed defenceman Jamie Doornbosch to a second professional tryout agreement Thursday to aid the Sens’ blue line.

After leaving the game on New Years Eve due to injury, Jack Rodewald and Erik Burgdoerfer played Wednesday (Burgdoerfer did return to the game on Dec. 31).

After winning his second straight start, head coach Kurt Kleinendorst indicated that Marcus Hogberg will once again start for the Sens Friday night with Chris Driedger will play Saturday in Wilkes-Barre.

Forward Ben Sexton and defenceman Pat Sieloff are the only Sens currently out injured.

Previous history

The Sens are 3-1 against the Devils this year and are a perfect 3-0 on home-ice against Binghamton. The Devils claimed its only victory over the Sens in Belleville’s first trip back to Binghamton on Dec. 16.

Who to watch

Goaltender Marcus Hogberg has been phenomenal in two starts this season for the Sens going 2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and a .939 save percentage.

While only recording 14 points in 33 games this season, Kevin Rooney has enjoyed success against the Senators as he’s tallied five points (two goals) in four games.

Where to watch

Friday’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 David Foot on the call.

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