It was quite the up and down month for the Binghamton Devils to start the 2018-2019 season.
The beginning was a good one—a big win over defending champions, the Toronto Marlies, on opening night, then a split with Laval on their first road trip of the year. Then things took a turn—an extended scoreless streak and losing players to callups after a rash of injuries hit the parent Devils, among other things, sent Binghamton spiraling.
The Devils, despite the struggles, still find themselves in the middle of the North Division standings, sitting in fourth place and six points behind first place Rochester as the November portion of the schedule begins.
But before that, let’s look at a few highlights:
By The Numbers
4th Place North Division
Record: 10 games played, 4-5-1 = 9 points
Power Play: 11.4% (30th in AHL)
Penalty Kill: 72.5% (30th in AHL)
Leading Scorers: Brett Seney (10GP, 1G-9A), Nick Lappin (10GP, 6G-1A) and Eric Tangradi (9GP, 2G-5A)
For the second straight season, Binghamton gained the services of New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider for a conditioning stint. This time around, Schneider was starting his comeback from offseason hip surgery. He arrived in town on October 20th, as the Devils were coming off a 4-0 shutout loss to Syracuse the night before. Despite a 28 save effort, Schneider conceded a 4-0 loss to Cleveland, as his temporary teammates were shut out for the second straight game.
Schneider stayed with Binghamton as they headed north on October 24 th for a matchup against Belleville, who had defeated the Devils 5-2 just one week earlier. This time around, it was vintage Schneider, as he stopped 22 of 23 Senators shots. Even better, his teammates finally provided some offense, when a first period goal by rookie Marian Studenic ended Binghamton’s goal scoring drought at 136 minutes and 26 seconds. Eric Tangradi and Nick Lappin also added goals, giving the Devils a 3-1 win and stopping their losing streak at 3 games.
Back in Binghamton to start a three game homestand, Schneider got one more start, this time against a red-hot Charlotte squad. He proceeded to give up three to the Checkers in the opening period but settled down for the rest of regulation. Binghamton erased a 3-1 deficit in the third to force overtime, but Charlotte skated away with the extra point. Schneider finished with 20 saves on 24 shots, and has been deemed ready to return to the big club. He finished his Binghamton stint 1-1-1 with a 2.67 GAA and .897 save percentage.
Despite a strong training camp with New Jersey, Lappin was a surprise cut, losing out to John Quenneville for a spot on the roster. He hasn’t let the demotion slow him down, though, as he leads all Devils skaters with 6 goals in 10 games.
He began the season with a 4-goal scoring streak, including a two-point effort against the Marlies in Binghamton’s 7-5 win on opening night. Strangely, that assist is his only one so far.
Binghamton began the year with nine first year players on the roster. And several are making an impact:
Brett Seney: Seney currently leads the team in scoring with 10 points and is tied for second in overall AHL rookie scoring. His 9 assists lead all first-year players.
Marian Studenic: In 9 games, Studenic is second on the Devils in goals with 4, scoring his first in his Binghamton debut against Toronto.
Joey Anderson: Before receiving his first recall to New Jersey on Saturday, Anderson had five points in 8games. He picked up his first point with an assist on opening night, then scored his first goal against Hartford at home on October 10 th .
Yegor Yakolev: Yakolev currently leads all Devils defensemen in scoring with 7 points, all assists. He also earned his first recall to New Jersey on October 22 nd but has yet to make his NHL debut.
After a 5-2 defeat to Lehigh Valley to close out the month, Binghamton will square off against the Phantoms once again to start November, with a home and home series. Friday, the Phantoms will visit for the second straight game, then the two teams head to Allentown on Saturday.