Behind the Boards: Da Costa, Hoffman working towards another opportunity

By Travis Eldridge

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 1:03 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton Senators Mike Hoffman and Stephane Da Costa will tell you their job is to put up points, and it's a duty both have performed pretty well this season. They've accounted for nearly a quarter of the team's points, but it's what they expect.

"It's a good thing you know we're an offensive team, we have offensive players," said Hoffman. "So there shouldn't be any reason we're not in the top ten or top five."

Hoffman ranks second in the AHL in points, while Da Costa checks in at eighth. The two have been paired up on the same line for much of the season now, and at times they make things look much too easy.

Take last Saturday for example, the two combined with line mate Cole Schneider to score two goals anwd add six assists in the win over Syracuse. It makes for a fun group to play with, you would think.

"I don't really l like playing with him too much, but I 've got to deal with it," Hoffman joked with a laugh. "No, I'm just kidding, he's a good playmaker and he sees the ice well."

But it hasn't always been this enjoyable for the pair this season. Both spent short stints in Ottawa, Hoffman for three games and Da Costa for four games with neither recording a point.

Hoffman says he felt like he got a fair chance, while with the Senators. However, Da Costa feels differently about his time spent in Ottawa at the beginning of the year.

"Personally, I think I could have more of an offensive role, but that's what I got," said Da Costa. "I think I tried the best with what I got."

Now, Da Costa works to continue to be a consistent point producer for the B-Sens, while continuing to take on more defensive responsibility.

"It feels great when you actually do your job," he said.

When it comes to the job of scoring, both Hoffman and Da Costa have proved their some of the best in the AHL.

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