P-Bruins Gameday — Much-improved Wolf Pack up next

The Providence Bruins’ late December road odyssey continues tonight with a trip to Hartford to face the Wolf Pack at the XL Center at 7:15.

Zane McIntyre will start in goal for the P-Bruins, who will be without two of their top players in Jordan Szwarz, who is day to day with an injury, and Colby Cave.

Cave, who played a very solid 11:15 in his NHL debut with Boston against Winnipeg last night, was returned to the P-Bruins this morning. It stands to reason he is being held out tonight just in case Boston needs him again on Saturday against Detroit.

Matt Beleskey will play right wing with Kenny Agostino and Austin Czarnik tonight after skating with Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and Chris Porter in his Providence debut last Saturday.

After a slow start, Hartford has been much improved lately, going 5-0-1-2 in its last 8 games. The Wolf Pack are in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a .500 winning percentage.

They are coming off a 5-4 OT win at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. Defenseman Tony DeAngelo scored the winner on a setup from Peter Holland.

Former Providence College defenseman John Gilmour has been red-hot for the Pack with 3-5-8 in his last 4 games.

Providence lines

Agostino-Czarnik-Beleskey

Blidh-JFK-Senyshyn

Hargrove-Hennessy-Porter

Gabrielle-Payerl-Hickman

D pairs

Zboril-Cross

Breen-Marshall

Johansson-O’Gara

Binnington is the backup

Injured: Szwarz, Fitzgerald (knee), Lauzon (upper body)

Healthy scratches: Cave, Clifton, Acolatse

The P-Bruins will bus to Springfield after the game. They’ll face the Thunderbirds on Saturday night.

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