The shuttle from Binghamton to Ottawa is running without break these days.
Patrick Wiercioch, Andre Benoit, and Roman Wick arrived on Tuesday morning to play against the Flyers, but they weren’t scheduled to hang around for very long.
The plan was for them to head right back to Binghamton for Wednesday’s AHL game against Norfolk. Then at least two of the three – Wiercioch and Benoit, probably – would head right back to Ottawa for Thursday’s game here against the Montreal Canadiens.
Colin Greening is expected to be the third.
He has had an impressive audition and would have been recalled for Tuesday’s game instead of Wick, but coach Cory Clouston said Greening needed a chance to rest.
He had played four games in four nights from Thursday to Sunday – one in the NHL, three in the AHL – and had a long flight back to Ottawa after Thursday’s game in Sunrise against the Florida Panthers. Asking him to play five in six nights was a bit too much.
So he got a night off and will be recalled for Thursday’s game.
If he finishes the season with Ottawa on Saturday in Boston, he will have played 24 games in the NHL this season, which means he come in just under the wire and be classified as a rookie next season.