PROVIDENCE — Dan Vladar starts in net for the Providence Bruins tonight against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Recalled from Atlanta after Boston summoned Zane McIntyre this week, Vladar has a 2-1 record and .897 save percentage in the ECHL. In his last start with the Gladiators, he stopped 36 shots in a 4-2 win at Orlando.
The 20-year-old from Prague was terrific for Providence on Oct. 21, kicking out 25 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory over Belleville.
Among the missing tonight, both with lower-body injuries, will be Peter Cehlarik and Jeremy Lauzon. Lauzon is expected to play at some point this weekend, but Cehlarik most likely won’t, though that could change.
It’s the first meeting of the season between the P-Bruins and Sound Tigers, who are coached by former P-Bruins defensemen and teammates Jay Leach and Brent Thompson.
There was more of a rock-’em-sock-’em flavor to the AHL back when Leach and Thompson patrolled the Providence blue line in 2004-05, an NHL lockout year.
The P-Bruins had four players with over 200 penalty minutes that season: Brendan Walsh (284), Colton Orr (279), Thompson (256) and Jay Henderson (235).
Providence lines tonight:
Binnington backs up Vladar
Out: Lauzon (lower body), Cehlarik (lower body), Clifton, Hickman
Providence plays at Hartford on Saturday night, then hosts Bridgeport again on Sunday afternoon.