The Admirals return home for a weekend series with the Binghamton Senators. Norfolk split a pair of games last weekend against the St. John’s IceCaps in St. John’s. Norfolk sits tied for second place in the AHL with Manchester and Syracuse with 10 points each. They are only 1 point behind the AHL leading Springfield Falcons. Tonight game starts at 7:30pm and Saturdays game drops the puck at 7:15. Plenty of good seats are still available.
From the Norfolk Admirals:
- The Admirals are tied for sixth in offense (3.83 goals for per game) and are seventh in defense (2.50 goals against per game) in the American Hockey League. Among Eastern Conference teams, Norfolk is tied for third in offense and is fourth in defense. Norfolk leads the East Division in both categories.
- On Saturday, Norfolk lost its first regular season game since February 5, 2012 (at Springfield). The Admirals won their final 28 regular season games of the 2011-12 season and the first four games of the 2012-13 regular season.
- Norfolk’s Igor Bobkov and Houston’s Darcy Kuemper are the only AHL goaltenders with three or more games played who remain undefeated this season. Both Bobkov and Kuemper are 3-0-0.
- Bobkov posted 38 saves for his first pro/AHL/Admirals shutout on Sunday in St. John’s. He is now 7-1-0 in his AHL career.
- Peter Holland (2g, 4a) had points in Norfolk’s first five games this season before being held off the scoresheet on Sunday.
- Luca Caputi (Saturday), John Kurtz (Sunday) and Ryan Parent (Sunday) each made their Norfolk debuts last weekend in St. John’s.
- Norfolk is 5-0-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and has lost its only game when surrendering the first goal of the game.
- Defenseman Sami Vatanen (2g, 5a) leads the Admirals with seven points in six games.
- Defenseman Nate Guenin (+10) leads the AHL in plus/minus.
- Forward Chris Wagner (+6) is tied for the lead among AHL rookies in plus/minus.
- The Admirals play the Binghamton Senators on Friday and Saturday nights at Scope. These are the first of eight meetings between the clubs in 2012-13. Binghamton is the top development club of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators.
- Three of Norfolk’s next four games are against Binghamton – including a contest at the Broome County Veterans’ Memorial Arena on November 10th.
- These are the first games for Norfolk in 2012-13 against an East Division opponent.
- Binghamton (3-3-1-0, 7 points) is tied for third place in the East Division and tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference. After opening the season with two wins, the Senators have just one win in their last five games (1-3-1-0).
- Norfolk is 4-0-0-0 at home this season. Binghamton is 2-2-0-0 on the road this season.
- There are no former Admirals on the current Binghamton roster, and no former Senators on the Norfolk roster. Former Admirals Head Coach Steve Stirling (2007-08) is now an assistant coach with Binghamton. Current Admirals Associate Coach Mike Haviland made his professional playing debut with the AHL’s Binghamton Whalers in 1989-90.
- Among all AHL teams this season, Binghamton ranks 25th in offense (2.29 GPG), T-12th in defense (2.86 GAPG), 27th on the power play (4/41, 9.8%) and 9th on the penalty kill (30/35, 85.7%).
- Binghamton leads the AHL with four shorthanded goals scored in 2012-13.
- Forwards Mike Hoffman (1g, 3a) and Mark Stone (0g, 4a) lead the Senators with four points each.
- Goaltender Robin Lehner has started six of Binghamton’s seven games, going 3-2-0 with a 1.80 goals-against average and .938 save percentage. He was the MVP of the playoffs as the Senators won the 2011 Calder Cup.
- Joining Lehner between the pipes is Ben Bishop (0-1-0, 4.00, .895) – the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic MVP.
- This weekend’s games will feature some of the AHL’s tallest goaltenders: Binghamton’s Ben Bishop(6’7″) is the tallest goaltender to ever play in the National Hockey League. Norfolk’s Igor Bobkov(6’6″) is just one inch shorter, while his teammate Frederik Andersen and Binghamton’s Robin Lehner are both 6’4″. Senators goaltender Nathan Lawson rounds out this weekend’s possible netminders at 6’2″.
- Defenseman Mark Borowiecki ranks second in the AHL in penalty minutes (47). He is the only player on the Senators’ roster with more penalty minutes than goaltender Robin Lehner (22).
- Binghamton is the second-most penalized team in the AHL (175 PIM in seven games). Norfolk is the eighth-most penalized team in the AHL (121 PIM in six games).
Learn more about the Binghamton Senators by visiting their official website here.