P-Bruins GameDay – Preseason ends tonight

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The Providence Bruins had an optional skate this morning at the Dunkin Donuts Center.

PROVIDENCE — The biggest news of the day for the Providence Bruins is that Kenny Agostino went unclaimed after Boston placed him on waivers.

He hasn’t been assigned to the P-Bruins at this point, but they should get a big lift from the reigning AHL scoring champion and MVP if and when he does arrive.

Tonight, Zane McIntyre gets the start in net when the P-Bruins play their second and last preseason game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The opponent — as it was last night and will be on opening night of the regular season on Oct. 7 — will be the Springfield Thunderbirds. Tonight is Fanfest at The Dunk; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The T-Birds beat the P-Bruins last night in Springfield, 2-1. Phil Lane scored the only goal for Providence and Mac Carruth went the distance in net.

Tommy Cross, Chris Breen, Jakub Zboril, Jordan Szwarz and Connor Clifton won’t be available tonight. They are traveling to Chicago with Boston for the parent club’s final NHL preseason game.

2015 first rounder Zach Senyshyn will skate with veterans Josh Hennessy and Chris Porter tonight after playing alongside Alex Gacek and Chase Witala on Friday.

Coach Jay Leach on Senyshyn:

“He’s got a lot of ability in regards to his skill, his speed. He’s got assets that a lot of guys don’t have. It’s going to be our job to give him some guidelines in order for him to take advantage of those things.

“(Hennessy) obviously been around and is a smart, two-way player. Porter is a guy with a lot of veteran experience, as well, and a lot of pace to his game. So, hopefully, Senny can read off the two of them and get into that mindset.

“Senny’s a first-round pick, so obviously there’s going to be expectations. He’s here, he’s going to play and when it’s time, it’s time. There’s no real timetable with that stuff, there really isn’t. There is no protocol on how guys make it.”

Clifton is expected to skate in Boston’s warmup in Chicago tonight. It remains to be decided whether he is in the lineup.

Leach on Clifton’s play on Friday night:

“Clifty was active, I’ll give him that. He’s like a lot of young defensemen – very eager to grab the puck and go. We showed him some stuff this morning on getting him to simply, being OK with just moving the puck and joining (the rush). Stuff that has probably been said to young defensemen forever.”

Tonight’s lines:

Chris Porter-Josh Hennessy-Zach Senyshyn

Colton Hargrove-Colby Cave-Adam Payerl

Jesse Gabrielle-Alex Gacek-Justin Hickman

Anton Blidh-Lindsay Sparks-Sena Acolatse

Defense pairs:

Ben Marshall-Taylor Doherty

Jeremy Lauzon-Dylan Blujas

Dom Malatesta-Nick Luukko

Goalies:

Zane McIntyre

Mac Carruth

Not playing: Witala, Lane, Ryan Fitzgerald, Ryan Penny

 

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