Rochester Americans Pregame Skate: Binghamton Senators

The Rochester Americans have two games left before the American Hockey League breaks for the Christmas season, both against the Binghamton Senators.  Tonight’s matchup takes place in Rochester, and the teams will travel to Binghamton to complete the home and home series tomorrow.

The Rochester Americans are coming off a 4-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins, and are going to look to bundle together a couple of losses for the B-Sens for an early Christmas present.  If you missed the Griffins game, you can check out the highlights here.

The Rochester Americans sit in fourth place in the North Division, but sit behind teams with games in hand.  The Lake Erie Monsters have played four more games than the Amerks, so a double win weekend and no points for the Monsters puts the Amerks above them, with two games still in the whole.

T.J. Brennan looks to continue his quest to break the 40 year old mark set by a defensemen in an Amerks uniform – his powerplay goal against the Griffins put him within striking distance of the record, he has half the number of goals that Rick Pagnutti scored – with little more than half a season left to play.

Luke Adam continues to use his ice time to his advantage, having netted his first multi-point game of the year, and he has points in his last six games.

Both Adam and Brennan look to benefit from a year long NHL lockout – Brennan’s confidence is growing day by day – and Adam is using the time to audition for a pivot position either in Buffalo – or another market if he wants to go that route.  Being thin on centers, it is doubtful the Sabres would let him go – at least for cheap.

Tonight’s skate will put Phil Varone and Marcus Foligno at the century level in an AHL uniform, and Brayden McNabb will skate to that milestone in just five more games.

With the National Hockey League locked out through mid January at best, tonight’s matchup can be seen on Time Warner Sports Channel.

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