The Hershey Bears:
The Bears come into this game as the reigning, back to back, Calder Cup champions. As the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, they bring with them a pretty solid roster including former WBS goaltender Dany Sabourin. The Bears are 2-1-1 coming into the game with the Baby Pens who are undefeated coming off a huge weekend with Charlotte Checkers.
The Binghamton Senators:
The Senators stand with a 2-3 record on the season so far and seem to be struggling to find their groove. They will be looking for strong goaltending from either Mike Brodeur or Barry Brust. The Senators will also need the offensive production of goal scorers Butler and O’Brien.
Key items for both the Bears and Senators:
- Defense needs to focus on preventing the Penguins offense from getting their game going. Top point producers for the Baby Pens are Dustin Jeffrey, Tim Wallace, and Nick Johnson.
- Score early and often. The Penguins can be stingy with scoring chances as the game goes on and have shown they are capable of capitalizing on mistakes and opportunities late in the game.
- Goaltending. Both Thessian and Curry have looked good in net but will need to be on top of their games this weekend.
- Preventing their opponents from getting points on the board is a big thing, especially against Hershey. The Bears and Pens already met once this season already and the game ended in a shootout victory for the Pens.
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