PROVIDENCE — Jordan Binnington will be in net tonight when the Providence Bruins make their first trip of the season to Hartford.
Jeremy Lauzon returns after sitting out last night with a lower-body injury. Peter Cehlarik (lower body) remains out.
The P-Bruins were sloppy early but picked it up as the game went on in last night’s 1-0 home loss to Bridgeport. The P-Bruins went 0-for-4 on the power play.
“Our power play struggled. That really hurt us, momentum wise. We had opportunities at key times in the game where you’d want a power play, and we were poor on it,” coach Jay Leach said this morning.
“And (Bridgeport is) hard. They’re a hard team. There were a few guys that weren’t really used to that hardness. They got rid of pucks quick, were a little timid. As it went on, we got a bit better, which is encouraging, but obviously it wasn’t enough.”
Providence’s lineup is depleted by callups, which gives other players a chance to shine.
“This is just what happens. We’re in that process right now where we’ve got to get these players to step up and take a bigger role than what they have been doing. This will be a learning experience for all of us, myself included. We’ve got to embrace that. The lineup is, for the most part, trying to develop some chemistry and roles for our guys because this is our group now. We’ve got to rise above,” Leach said.
Last night was another quiet one for Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who has gone four straight games without a point, with four shots.
“He’s young and is playing at a higher level (than last season at Boston University). He’s going to be looked at as someone who’s taking charge, hard on pucks, especially as a two-way centerman, which is what he wants to be. So he’s in that process right now — a rookie and being looked at to take charge,” said Leach.
“That’s a challenging thing to do. People expect a lot very quickly. I think he’s right where he needs to be. He’ll figure it out. This is a great opportunity for him to take a step.”
Providence lines tonight:
Vladar backs up Binnington
Out: Cehlarik (lower body), Clifton, Hickman, Johansson
Providence hosts Bridgeport again on Sunday afternoon.