After a 4-1 win in Binghamton last night, the Providence Bruins are in Hershey for a 7 o’clock game against the Bears tonight.
Jordan Binnington will start in net for Providence, which opens the night in a tie with San Antonio for the top winning percentage in the AHL at .857.
It’s the P-Bruins’ first trip back to the scene of one of their biggest triumphs of the 2016-17 season — a seven-game victory over Hershey in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs in May. Trailing 3 games to 2, the P-Bruins won Games 6 and 7 at the Giant Center.
Wayne Simpson, one of the heroes of Game 7 for the P-Bruins with a goal and two assists, is now playing for the Bears after landing an NHL contract with Washington over the summer.
Hershey, coming off a 3-2 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last night, has started slow, with a 1-5-0-1 record. The Bears’ goaltending is in shambles with an .860 save percentage as Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek recover from injuries. Adam Carlson took the loss last night. Former Boston College star Parker Milner is Hershey’s other goalie.
Providence again will be without Peter Cehlarik (lower body). Rob O’Gara returns to the lineup.
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