-Last night’s win pulled a whole pile of players off the schnide and provide a respite from the pushing of the collective panic button. The Sens remaining games are against Winnipeg, Philadelphia, the Islanders, Carolina, Boston, and New Jersey. They should be able to collect six points throughout the stretch which would mean Buffalo needs nine points in their remaining six games to overtake them (Ottawa owns the tie-breaker) and ten points for Washington in their remaining seven games to overtake them (the Caps own the tie-breaker). The odds of both teams leapfrogging the Sens to knock them out of the race are slim (Sports Club Stats has them at 91%).
–Daniel Alfredsson talked about last night’s win:
We respect that team a lot and I think it brings that little bit extra out of you. We were hounding pucks, we were backchecking a lot and it paid off.
-Binghamton nearly came back from a four-goal deficit, but ultimately lost 5-4 to Adirondack. I watched the third period of this game (Matt Puempel made his debut for Binghamton). Lehner was pulled after allowing 4 goals on 28 shots (from what I read it was less about his performance and more about trying to spark the team), and if Mike McKenna could have made a save in the third period there might have been a different result (he took the loss). Parrish, Petersson, Dziurzynski and Hoffman scored the goals. Eric Gryba and Dan Henningson both finished -3 while Mark Borowiecki was a team-high +2. Here’s the box score.
–Corey Cowick scored twice in Elmira’s 7-1 win last night (Brian Stewart dressed as the back-up). Bobby Raymond had no points in Florida’s 4-2 win.
This article is written by Peter Levi, be sure to follow @eyeonthesens