Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs Crunch, Dec. 22
Belleville will look to end a three-game losing streak Friday when they square off with the Syracuse Crunch for the fourth time this season.
The Sens (11-15-0-3) enter Friday in sixth place in the North Division while the Crunch (14-11-1-2) sit third as the two teams trend in opposite directions.
Belleville has won just twice in its last 10 games while the Crunch have collected eight wins over that span.
The Sens are 6-6 at the Yardmen Arena this season while the Crunch are 6-8-0-2 on the road.
The Sens continue to stumble in the third period as from a tied game they’ve given up 10 goals in the final frame over its three-game losing streak.
“We’ll come out of it. But you’ve got to take a look at our roster right now. I’m definitely not making excuses and we have to find a way to win. The guys in our locker room our the guys that have to help us and find a way to win hockey games but when you’re missing the guys we’re missing on the blue line I think you’d be very naïve to say it doesn’t matter. Of course it matters. But we still have to find a way to win hockey games. We have to figure out what can we do differently and what can we do better. We’re right there, we’re doing what we need to do but once they get one we kind of crumble a bit. But once you start winning that will go right away.”
Andreas Englund was recalled by Ottawa Thursday leaving the Sens short-handed again on the blue line with only five defenceman currently on the team.
Danny Taylor started Wednesday night so expect either Andrew Hammond or Chris Driedger to get the nod for the Sens.
Kyle Flanagan, Ben Sexton, Pat Sieloff, Ethan Werek and Christian Jaros are out for Belleville.
Friday will be the fifth time the two sides have met this year with the Sens 1-2-0-1 against its division rival so far this season. Syracuse have won the last two match-ups and were convincing 6-0 winners when the sides last met on Dec. 9 at the Yardmen.
Who to watch
Colin White continues to find his groove with the Sens in his first full year of professional hockey as he’s tallied five points over his past six games. The 20-year-old has four goals and 11 points in 20 games this year.
The Crunch have six players who have all recorded four or more points against Belleville this season but are led by Matthew Peca who’s tallied six assists. Peca, who played 10 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season, has 19 points (five goals) in 28 games with Syracuse this season.
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.