Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Bruins, Dec. 30
Belleville will look to get back in the win column Saturday against the Eastern Conference leading Providence Bruins.
After a 4-3 defeat to Laval Thursday, Belleville (12-17-0-3) sits in sixth place in the North Division while the Bruins, who have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, head up the Atlantic Division.
Belleville is 6-8 at the Yardmen while the Bruins are 11-4-2-0 in the road.
In what’s been a constant battle all season, the Sens failed to put together a complete 60 minutes Thursday night against Laval. Trailing 4-1, the Sens spurred to life in the third, scoring twice and dominating proceedings but wound up short at the end, something that’s happened too often for head coach Kurt Kleinendorst’s liking.
“I think we’ve just had a hard time finding a 60-minute game. It’s kind of followed us around for most of the year. We had a little bit of a stretch where I thought we were starting to figure it out but lately I don’t think we can say that’s the case. I think we’re regressed a little bit in regards to that.”
Sens head coach Kurt Kleinendorst indicated that goaltender Marcus Hogberg will likely get the call tonight for his first start in the AHL this season and only the fourth of his career after backing up Andrew Hammond Thursday.
No other roster updates for the Sens since their loss to Laval Thursday night but they did see the return of Christian Jaros to the line-up.
Forwards Ben Sexton and Kyle Flanagan remain the only absentees for the Senators.
In their first, and only, match-up so far, the Bruins took a 3-2 decision in a shootout after erasing a two-goal deficit in the final six minutes on Oct. 21.
Who to watch
After going 23 games without recording a point, Tyler Randell has recorded assists in back-to-back games now. The experienced forward only has a goal and three points on the season but continues to bring a veteran presence to an otherwise young Sens team.
Bruins rookie Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is third in scoring for Providence with 20 points (10 goals) in 31 games in his debut AHL season. A second round pick in 2015, the Swede made his NHL debut with Boston last year.
Where to watch
Saturday’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.