Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) We're also a little more than 24 hours away from the Binghamton Senators starting their run toward a second Calder Cup in 3 seasons.
All week we've been breaking down different aspects of the series against Wilkes Barre/Scranton.
One of the keys to the series may be the play of the special teams...the power play and the penalty kill.
During the 10 game regular season, the B-Sens were penalized 65 times, while Wilkes Barre/Scranton was whistled for 57 penalties.
"Take the undisciplined and unnecessary penalties that are 200 feet away from our goal. We have to take those out of our game because we can kill off good, aggressive penalties that stop scoring chances or a physical presence that the call went against us but we can't take the retaliatory penalties and the lazy hooking penalties or the unthinking penalties," says coach Luke Richardson.
The B-Sens did a good job killing off most of those penalties, allowing only 6 goals, or a goal 9 percent of the time.
Being on the penalty kill has been a benefit for the B-Sens, who scored 2 of their league leading 15 short handed goals against Wilkes Barre/Scranton.
"Every time we get an opportunity, we go and try to catch teams off guard and a lot of times, the other teams are looking to score goals on the power play, they're not really looking to defend," says Derek Grant, who led the league with 5 short handed goals.
The B-Sens hope to capitalize on the power play, something they struggled doing this season.
In the series, they scored 6 power play goals, or a goal about 10 and a half percent of the time they had a man up advantage.