ELMIRA, N.Y. - As the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, and the AHL's Binghamton Senators and Albany Devils, the Jackals are tasked with developing prospects throughout the organizations. The Road To The Show presented by Liberty Travel provides details on how those prospects are progressing.
Ottawa Senators (NHL) – Ottawa ended a five-game losing streak Tuesday night in Columbus. The Senators remain sixth in the Atlantic Division and one game under .500 with a 5-6-4 record. Robin Lehner earned his first win of the season and will continue to start with Craig Anderson out. Anderson left Sunday’s game against Dallas on a stretcher after Stars’ forward Valeri Nichushkin barreled into him during overtime. He missed last night’s contest and is considered day-to-day with a stiff neck. On Monday Ottawa recalled Nathan Lawson from Binghamton on an emergency basis to backup Lehner. Prior to Anderson’s injury Ottawa had to replace Erik Condra, who was placed on injured reserve with a strained leg muscle. The Senators recalled Mark Borowiecki from Binghamton on Saturday. The Sens made another transaction last Thursday assigning Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Binghamton.
Binghamton Senators (AHL) – For the second straight weekend Binghamton split its two-game slate. On Friday the B-Sens traveled to Glens Falls and lost to Adirondack 3-1. Binghamton returned home Saturday and defeated Syracuse 4-2. In two games since being assigned to Binghamton Jean-Gabriel Pageau has five assists including a four-assist outing against Syracuse. The Senators currently sit fourth in the East Division and eighth in the Eastern Conference. Last Wednesday Ottawa reassigned Jakub Culek to Binghamton from Elmira. Culek was reassigned back to Elmira the next day and then promoted back to Bingo on Saturday. Ottawa also reassigned Troy Rutkowski to Binghamton from Elmira on Saturday. Additionally, Ottawa recalled defenseman Mark Borowiecki from Binghamton and dressed him in the last two games.
New Jersey Devils (NHL) – The Devils are having a hard time scoring goals lately. They have been blanked in their last two games and have scored just 26 goals this season. That goal total is tied for the second-lowest mark in the NHL. New Jersey sits seventh in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 3-7-4. To make matters worse the Devils’ rash of injuries continues to pile up. Ryane Clowe, Bryce Salvador and Peter Harrold are still on the injured reserve. Harrold may be the first of the three to return as he practiced today. Anton Volchenkov also practiced but is questionable for Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury. Travis Zajac has practiced the past two days after missing two straight games with an ankle sprain. Patrik Elias continues to recover from an upper-body injury but won’t travel with the team Thursday. The Devils recalled defenseman Jon Merrill Sunday but lost him to injury just three shifts into his NHL debut. He is currently sidelined with facial lacerations. New Jersey recalled Cam Janssen from Albany today. The Devils waived Rostislav Olesz Monday and assigned him to Albany once he cleared waivers. Goalie Cory Schneider was activated from injured reserve Sunday and started that night in Minnesota.
Albany Devils (AHL) – Following a strong start to the season the Devils have dropped four straight. Albany currently sits fourth in the Northeast Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference with a 5-5-1 record. New Jersey swapped players from Albany and Elmira yesterday, reassigning goalie Maxime Clermont to Elmira and reassigning defenseman Raman Hrabarenka to Albany. Clermont’s reassignment to Elmira was expected on the heels of Keith Kinkaid’s return to Albany. Clermont saw action in both games this past weekend while with Albany. He recorded a 0-1 record with a 2.00 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage. The Devils also received Rostislav Olesz from New Jersey yesterday. Additionally, New Jersey reassigned winger Riley Boychuk to Albany from Elmira on Saturday.