Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The playoffs may not begin for another couple of weeks in the AHL, but for the Binghamton Senators they may as well start now.
Out of the final nine games for the B-Sens, seven of them come against divisional foes. All but one of the games is against a team currently in the playoffs or just a point out of the final spot.
While it won't be an easy final three weeks of the regular season, it will prepare them for postseason play, and the B-Sens are excited about that challenge.
"We want to make sure we finish off well. We want to make sure we finish as high as we can," said coach Luke Richardson. "We don't want to just make the playoffs, although that is a goal, we want to make sure we finish as high as possible. I think that psychologically gives you an advantage going into the playoffs."
"Every game is a playoff game, but that's what you want," said forward Corey Cowick. "You want to get ready for the playoffs before the playoffs start. Every game in this next nine are all playoff type atmospheres. It's almost like we get a 9 game playoff series before it actually really starts, which is a little bit of a good thing I think."
The first of that comes on Friday, with a trip to Rochester. The Amerks currently sit three points out of the final playoff spot in the west.
It's the first of three games on the weekend for the division leading B-Sens.