Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Penguins, Jan. 12
The Belleville Senators will seek its fourth straight home victory Friday night as they welcome the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins to town for their first and only visit of the season.
The Sens’ three-game home winning streak features two overtime wins and a shootout victory. Belleville (15-20-0-3) is 9-8 at the Yardmen this season.
Wilkes-Barre (21-10-2-1) have won five straight heading into tonight and sit second in the Atlantic Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Belleville are five points out of a playoff spot.
The Sens received some welcomed additions earlier this week as Filip Chlapik, Ben Harpur and Colin White were all reassigned to Belleville with Ottawa heading into its bye week.
Belleville released Jamie Doorsbosch on Thursday while Andrew Hammond was recalled by Colorado, meaning either Danny Taylor, Marcus Hogberg and Chris Driedger will get the nod in goal tonight.
Forward Ben Sexton and defenceman Pat Sieloff are the only Sens currently out injured.
In their one previous match-up, which took place just six days ago, the Penguins cruised to a 6-0 victory over Belleville.
Who to watch
There will be two Olympians on the ice tonight as Chris Kelly suits up for Belleville in his 11th game of the season on his second professional tryout agreement. The 37-year-old is pointless so far this year with Belleville.
On the Penguins side, forward Christian Thomas will head to South Korea next month. The 25-year-old Toronto native has 17 points (nine goals) in 23 games this year.
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 Jack Miller on the call and Paul Svoboda on colour.