PROVIDENCE — The Providence Bruins will be without two top-six forwards when they face the Springfield Thunderbirds tonight in the second game of the season for both teams.
Jordan Szwarz is out with a lower-body injury and Danton Heinen is on recall with Boston, where he recorded his first NHL assist in Wednesday night’s loss at Colorado.
“We’ve talked about how deep we are and now it’s our opportunity to show that and give some other guys opportunities. You are not going to replace Szwarzy or Heinz, but hopefully we can maybe have more of a committee-like attitude,” coach Jay Leach said this morning.
The P-Bruins beat the T-Birds, 5-2, on Saturday.
“I hope we’re tighter defensively in the D zone. I hope our puck management is a little better and our discipline is a little better with our penalties,” said Leach, who expects more from Springfield tonight.
“I think they’ll have urgency. I know their coaching staff and the way they’ve historically played. They’re a hard team, a proud team and I’m sure they’re coming in here with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder,” he said.
Here is tonight’s lineup:
McIntyre in goal with Binnington as the backup.
Scratches: Szwarz (lower body), Clifton, Johansson, Acolatse, Hargrove