Zane McIntyre will start in goal for the Providence Bruins tonight as they play their second and final game of the season in Binghamton against the Devils.
In maybe their strongest game to this point, Providence beat the Devils, 4-1, in Binghamton on Oct. 27.
The P-Bruins start the night in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a .600 win percentage. Binghamton is fifth in the North Division with a .433 win percentage.
Providence will get back Ryan Fitzgerald (lower body, missed one game) and Jakub Zboril (upper body, missed three games) tonight.
Jordan Szwarz, sent down by Boston this afternoon, will not play tonight.
Zach Senyshyn, with a goal and seven points in his last six games, is trending up after a slow start and looks to continue his solid play tonight.
“There was an adjustment going from junior to my first full season pro, definitely some growing pains at the start. I’m starting to hit my stride and feel more comfortable, getting a lot more confidence,” he said after recording two assists on Sunday.
Senyshyn has become more noticeable as he figures out how to take advantage of open ice.
“My speed is my strong point, I want to use it as much as possible. (Finding room to skate has) had a lot to do with my coaches, watching a lot of video and showing me what I need to work on to open up space and work more efficiently. That’s been a big thing for me. I’ve also been playing with some good players. They’ve been opening up room for me to skate, as well,” he said.
I thought Senyshyn struck the right tone with his answer after I asked how closely he is following fellow 2015 first-rounder Jake DeBrusk, who benefited from a full year in Providence before graduating to Boston.
“Jake’s a great player and it’s always nice to see him with success, but I think we’re two different players, have two different paths. He’s doing great things up there. I have my own path. When I’m ready, I think I’ll be able to go up there and succeed. Right now I’m working on my game here. It’s nice to watch him and take a few things away from what he does really well, but I’m focused on getting wins down here,” Senyshyn said.
Coach Jay Leach is pleased with the progress show by the 20-year-old, who is fourth on the team in scoring with 2-6-8 in 14 games.
“He’s a kid that’s trying to find his way. He’s done a terrific job of listening and doing what’s asked, using his speed when he can. The points are more or less secondary to the way we want him to play. He been doing that and because he’s been doing that, he finds himself in the right spots.
“He really has come here with an open canvas, wanting to just get better. He acknowledged early with us that he wasn’t where he needed to be. He wants to get better and that’s what you’re seeing,” Leach said.
“I still don’t know if we know exactly what he is, which is not a bad thing at all. We don’t want to put a cap on anybody. He can do a lot of different things. I wanted to get him on the (penalty) kill (on Sunday), but it was a tight game and I didn’t, but that’s something that I want to do. DeBrusk killed, Heinen killed and that got them more minutes and now they can kill up (with Boston). That’s going to be something we do with Seny.”
*Right wings could be shuffled a bit, per Leach
Binnington will be McIntyre’s backup