PROVIDENCE — With Zane McIntyre in Boston, Jordan Binnington gets his first start tonight for the Providence Bruins in Springfield.
“Quick, butterfly kid. This will be our first time getting to see him live,” Mike Dunham, Boston’s goalie development coach, said this morning.
“I think he probably just wants to get out there and play some games and show what he can do. I’m sure he’s excited to play.”
Coach Jay Leach has taken notice of Binnington’s work ethic.
“The other day, Czarnik, Szwarz and Heinen were firing pucks at him and he was all about it. He’s got a nice appetite. Probably something to prove, to be honest. A little chip on his shoulder,” said Leach.
A third-round draft pick of St. Louis in 2011, Binnington is on loan to the P-Bruins. Dan Vladar will be the backup tonight.
Leach said no decisions have been made on who will play goal on Saturday against Belleville or Sunday against Laval, both home games.
Injury questions in Boston leave tonight’s P-Bruins lineup in flux.
Very tentatively, the lineup could look like this, but it might change depending on what happens up top. Don’t assume that anyone not listed here won’t play tonight.
Power play units could look like this:
Czarnik-Heinen-Hennessy-Szwarz-Cross with Hennessy as bumper
Grzelcyk-JFK-Fitzgerald-Cehlarik-Cave with Fitzgerald and Cehlarik possibly alternating as bumper