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) – The Senators have been surging lately with points in nine of their last ten games. On Tuesday Ottawa marched into Washington and shutout the Capitals 2-0. Craig Anderson turned aside 34 shots for his third shutout of the season. The 32-year-old has now started nine of the Senators’ last ten games. Anderson improved his record to 16-10-6 and lowered his goals-against-average to 3.09 while increasing his save percentage to .905. Backup goalie Robin Lehner’s only start in the last ten games came on January 14 in Minnesota and resulted in a 3-0 shutout victory. Erik Karlsson is having another Norris Trophy type of season with a team-leading 36 assists and 47 points. Karlsson’s point total also leads all NHL defensemen. Rookie forward Mark Stone was playing well alongside captain Jason Spezza before suffering an injury in practice on Monday. The Winnipeg native had a goal and an assist in seven games with the Senators. Stephane Da Costa was recalled from Binghamton to replace Stone in the lineup. In five games with Ottawa Da Costa has yet to register a point. Prior to the call-up Da Costa recorded 12 goals and 37 points in 37 games with Binghamton. Marc Methot joins Stone on the injury list with an undisclosed injury. Rookie defenseman Cody Ceci has slotted in nicely next to veteran Chris Phillips. The 20-year-old has one goal and five points in 18 games with Ottawa. Despite the 7-1-2 stretch over their last ten games the Senators haven’t been able to move up in the standings. They remain sixth in the Atlantic Division with a 22-19-9 record – one point behind Detroit.
Binghamton Senators (AHL) – Binghamton has maintained its one-point advantage over Wilkes/Barre-Scranton for the East Division lead with a 7-3-0 record in its last ten games. The Senators have a 25-12-3 record overall, which is good for third in the Eastern Conference. The Eastern Conference’s most lethal offensive team continues to put the puck in the net. Binghamton has 12 goals over its last two games. Leading scorer Mike Hoffman has five points over the last three games, which brings his season totals to 18 goals and 45 points in 38 games. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has filled the void Stephane Da Costa left when he was recalled to Ottawa. Pageau has six goals and 19 points in 17 games. Rookie forward Matt Puempel has goals in consecutive games, which gives him 14 on the year. His 14 goals and 21 points lead Binghamton’s rookies. Former Jackal Chris Wideman leads all Senator defensemen with 29 points in 38 games. His point total ranks fifth among all AHL blueliners. Wideman’s 14 power-play assists and 19 power-play points rank second in the league. Nathan Lawson suffered a lower-body injury early in the first period on Jan. 11 and has been sidelined since that time. Scott Greenham was recalled by Binghamton on Jan. 13 and again on Jan. 21 after a one-game return to Elmira on Jan. 20. Greenham was 6-11-2 with a 3.08 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage in Elmira. He has yet to appear in a Senators’ game this year. Danny New continues to solidify his spot on the top defensive unit alongside Mark Borowiecki. New has one goal and six points in 15 AHL games.
New Jersey Devils (NHL) – The Devils returned home from a four-game road trip Tuesday night and provided one of the most surprising results in the NHL this year. New Jersey routed the powerhouse St. Louis Blues 7-1 while the snow was piling up outside the arena. Seven different Devils scored in the team’s highest offensive outburst this season. The last time New Jersey scored seven in a game was April 10, 2011. Swiss Olympian Damien Brunner returned to the lineup after missing the previous 14 games due to a sprained knee and recorded a season-high three point night. Jaromir Jagr added his 16th of the season and the 697th of his career. Cory Schneider stopped 26 of 27 shots faced for his eighth win of the year. The Marblehead, Mass. native is 3-0-2 with a 0.96 goals-against-average and a .966 save percentage in his last five starts. He currently sports the league’s second-best goals-against-average with a 1.88 mark in 24 games. Adam Henrique did not play in the third period due to a lower body injury. He joins Adam Larsson and Peter Harrold on the injured list. Larsson and Harrold are both on the injured reserve. Rookie forward Reid Boucher was returned to Albany on Wednesday after a lengthy first stint with New Jersey. The former Sarnia sniper recorded two goals and seven points in 23 games with the big club. Joe Whitney earned his first NHL recall today. The former Boston College standout has led Albany in scoring the past three seasons and currently leads the team with 16 goals and 36 points. New Jersey currently sits fifth in the Metropolitan Division with a 21-19-11 record – one point behind the red-hot Columbus Blue Jackets.
Albany Devils (AHL) – Despite falling to Hershey in a shootout on Sunday the Devils have recorded points in five of their last six games. Albany is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with a 23-11-6 record. The Devils lost their leading scorer, Joe Whitney, to his first NHL recall earlier today. To supplement some of the scoring Albany received Reid Boucher back from New Jersey on Wednesday. Boucher had 10 goals and 18 points in 21 games with Albany before his NHL recall. Cam Janssen and Mike Sislo also returned to Albany to provide some reinforcements. Sislo brings more of an offensive threat with 11 goals and 23 points in 30 games. Janssen adds some veteran leadership and grit to the lineup. New Jersey reassigned Harry Young and Riley Boychuk to Elmira from Albany on Jan. 18. Boychuk is a rugged 6-4 220lb forward and Young is a 6-4 215lb redwood on the blueline. Boychuk recorded one goal and two points in 18 games with Albany. Young did not record a point in 10 contests. Artem Demkov continues to impress in the AHL with six goals and 10 points in 19 AHL games. The shifty Belarus forward saw his five-game point streak come to an end on Sunday. His fellow countryman, Raman Hrabarenka, has not recorded a point in his last seven games but still leads all Albany defensemen with 15 points in 27 games.