Hartford, Ct - Another game and yet, another loss as this has been the theme so far this season for Binghamton as the Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Devils by a score of 5-2 on Saturday.
My apologies ahead of time, but this is something that needs to be said. This recap has nothing to do with the outcome, but all involved on what has taken place in Binghamton this season, and the past.
While one team like Hartford (amongst the many divisional rivals as well) that play against Binghamton this and every season, know what it will take to defeat the lowly BDevils one way or another.
Just take advantage of the defense, strike when the lapses happen while the offense is top-heavy with zero balance throughout the line-up.
Good teams find a way to win and this game was no exception tonight. While I’m not here to critique individual efforts, I will state the talent pool is extremely thin in Binghamton.
Coaching has been another thing in questioning judgment. This team does not know the meaning of comebacks, does not know how to protect a lead and does not know how to help defend their goaltenders, period.
This is a disgrace and all of the blame should be towards the NJ Devils.
Binghamton has a record of 7-13-4-0, winless in their last six outings (0-5-1) and is in last place in the North Division, percentage points behind being the worst team in the league.
Why are players like Fabian Zetterlund, Mikhail Maltsev, Ludvig Larsson, Egor Sharangovich or Marian Studenic struggling and sitting in the stands? Why aren’t there line-up alterations that have otherwise resulted in losses? Why was Gilles Senn shipped off to the ECHL while Evan Cormier stayed as a result of Cory Schneider being sent down? Why is Brandon Baddock on the line of Maltsev and Zetterlund instead of, say, Chris Conner?
I am sick and tired of losing. Once again I find myself in a position of coming up with positives only to fall short, loaded with negatives when it comes to the topic of the BDevils. Some I air, while mostly I keep to myself because people tend to lean to the positives. Unfortunately, I have run out to appease those that do and patience.
The parent club in New Jersey needs to clean house and that starts with the team that supplies players for them in Binghamton. And now.
Line-Up, Game #24
Seney - Street - Anderson, Conner - McLeod - Bastian, Baddock - Maltsev - Zetterlund, Gignac - Sharangovich - Studenic
Mermis/Carrick, Melchiori/Paliotta, Summers/Jacobs
Senn - Schneider
Scratches: Speers, Cumiskey, Larsson, Schmelzer, Snuggerud, Groleau, Morrrow & Cormier
Post Game Notes
- Gilles Senn was decent blocking 24 of 28 but notably had no help from the defense.
- Cumiskey and Morrow did not make the trip as both are sidelined with injuries. The rest were healthy scratches.
- Connor Carrick was the best player on the ice, by far, with his slick movement of the puck. But did have a scare when he took a puck to the face in the second period and left for the locker room. He eventually returned for the final 20 minutes with nothing but a few stitches.
- Down 4-2 in the third period, BDevils were clicking on the PP only to take a too many men call penalty. This is one of the many things I’m talking about that falls strictly on the coaching staff.
- McLeod with one of his worse games I’ve seen. So many turnovers for the former 1st rounder as he has struggled.
Your Three Stars
#1. Steven Fogarty (2g, 2a), #2. Lias Andersson (2g, 1a), #3. Adam Huska (24 saves)