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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).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06