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Bulked up B-Sens set for matchup with Manchester

Senators re-assign eight players to Binghamton; AHL playoff series opens Thursday

Sunday, 10.04.2011 / 8:49 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Bulked up B-Sens set for matchup with Manchester
Forward Bobby Butler, who scored 10 goals for the Ottawa Senators as a rookie this season, has been reassigned to the Binghamton Sens for the American Hockey League playoffs (Just Sports Photography).
They're making tracks for Manchester.

When the curtain rang down on the American Hockey League's 75th anniversary season today, the results of the day confirmed the Binghamton Senators will line up against the Manchester Monarchs in the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

That matchup was ensured when the Norfolk Admirals whipped the Connecticut Whale 6-3 earlier today, clinching fourth spot in the East Division. That moved the B-Sens into the crossover position in the Atlantic Division and a series against Manchester, while the Admirals take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL's top team in the regular season.

Binghamton hits the road for the opening two games of the series, Thursday and Friday night in New Hampshire's most populous city. Then the B-Sens return home for the next three at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum — Sunday at 5:05 p.m., then April 19 and 20 (both 7:05 p.m. starts).

If the series stretches to six or seven games, they're set for April 22 and 23 in Manchester.

With their season ending on Saturday, the Ottawa Senators did their part to bulk up the B-Sens roster for the post-season. Defencemen André Benoit, David Hale and Derek Smith, along with forwards Cody Bass, Bobby Butler, Erik Condra, Colin Greening and Zack Smith, have all been re-assigned to Binghamton for the playoffs.

It's a group that combined for 184 games of National Hockey League duty this season, contributing 27 goals and 34 assists to the Ottawa cause. Butler (10-11-21), Greening (6-7-13) and Condra (6-5-11) in particular all made significant impacts during the final 30 games of the Senators season, after six veterans were unloaded prior to the trade deadline.

Binghamton, which posted a 43-30-3-5 record this season, is in the AHL playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 campaign. A quick look at their playoff matchup:

Atlantic Division Semifinal – Series B (best-of-7)
Manchester Monarchs vs. Binghamton Senators
Game 1 – Thu., Apr. 14 – Binghamton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Fri., Apr. 15 – Binghamton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Sun., Apr. 17 – Manchester at Binghamton, 5:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Tue., Apr. 19 – Manchester at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5 – Wed., Apr. 20 – Manchester at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m.
*Game 6 – Fri., Apr. 22 – Binghamton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
*Game 7 – Sat., Apr. 23 – Binghamton at Manchester, 7 p.m.
(* – if necessary)

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On Saturday, prior to their regular-season home finale against the Adirondack Phantoms, the B-Sens announced their 2010-11 player awards.

Goaltender Barry Brust took home a pair of honours — most valuable player and the Rocco J. Testani Star of the Year — while forward Cody Bass was named top defensive forward and the club's man of the year, a distinction also bestowed upon him by the AHL.

Other winners included André Benoit (top defenceman), blueliner Eric Gryba (rookie of the year), forward Ryan Keller (7th man award, as chosen by his teammates) and forward Erik Condra (plus-minus leader).

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
2 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
3 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
4 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
5 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
6 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
7 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
8 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Ryan 43 12 21 7 33
E. Karlsson 46 11 22 -5 33
K. Turris 46 9 20 -8 29
M. Stone 44 11 15 9 26
M. Hoffman 43 16 9 19 25
C. MacArthur 45 13 11 -7 24
M. Zibanejad 44 11 12 1 23
D. Legwand 45 7 12 -4 19
A. Chiasson 43 7 10 -8 17
M. Michalek 42 6 9 -7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 6 7 2 .900 3.16