P-Bruins GameDay — Binnington in net vs. T-Birds

PROVIDENCE — The Providence Bruins will try to get back on the winning track this afternoon against the Springfield Thunderbirds at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The P-Bruins have taken 11 out of 12 points from the Thunderbirds this season with 5 wins and an overtime loss.

Jordan Binnington will start in goal for the P-Bruins.

Providence again will be without Chris Breen, who is day to day with a lower body injury.

With last night’s 2-1 shootout loss in Bridgeport, Providence fell out of first place in the Atlantic Division. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is first with a .681 points percentage; the P-Bruins are second with .649. Clark Donatelli’s Penguins visit The Dunk for the first time on Friday night.

Providence is 1-3-1-1 in its last 6, with the win coming in Springfield on Jan. 6.

The Thunderbirds are coming off a 6-2 win at Lehigh Valley on Friday night. They are last in the Atlantic Divison at .436.

P-BRUINS LINES

Agostino-Szwarz-Czarnik

Cehlarik-JFK-Bjork

Fitzgerald-Cave-Senyshyn

Blidh-Porter-Hargrove

DEFENSE PAIRS

Zboril-Cross

Johansson-Clifton

O’Gara-Marshall

McIntyre is the backup.

SCRATCHES

Breen (day to day, lower body), Beleskey (broken orbital bone), Payerl, Hennessy, Acolatse, Lauzon (concussion)

P-Bruins GameDay — Beleskey, Breen out

The Providence Bruins go back to work tonight in Bridgeport, where they’ll try to figure out a way to beat the Sound Tigers.

Providence will be without Matt Beleskey for the forseeable future. He suffered a broken orbital bone when hit in the face by a deflected puck in the first period on Friday.

The P-Bruins are 1-3 against Bridgeport after last night’s 3-2 loss at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on a late, bad-angle goal by Casey Bailey. Providence’s only win came on Dec. 3 in Bridgeport.

Coach Jay Leach liked the P-Bruins’ good start on Friday night, jumping ahead on a Peter Cehlarik goal, but Bridgeport’s first goal left a sour taste.

“We really just gave them a 3 on 1 because one of our defensemen (Rob O’Gara) decided to join the rush on a 2 on 0 on the penalty kill. Ultimately, (that goal) got them right back in the game. After that, we chased the game,” Leach said.

“We probably played a good 30 minutes in that game and 30 minutes when we did not.”

Zane McIntyre will start in net tonight.

Jordan Binnington had an uncharacteristically leaky night on Friday. “I’m sure those are a couple of goals that Binner would like to have back. The third one looked like it deflected off of something. The first one hit one of our guys’ sticks,” Leach said.

PROVIDENCE LINES

Agostino-Szwarz-Czarnik

Cehlarik-JFK-Bjork

Fitzgerald-Cave-Senyshyn

Blidh-Porter-Payerl

DEFENSE PAIRS

Zboril-Cross

Johansson-Clifton

O’Gara-Acolatse

Binnington is the backup.

Scratches: Breen (lower body, day to day), Beleskey (broken orbital zone), Lauzon (concussion), Hennessey, Hickman

Providence finishes the weekend with a home game against Springfield on Sunday afternoon.

P-Bruins Gameday — Binnington starts vs. Bridgeport

PROVIDENCE – Zane McIntyre usually starts in goal on Friday night when the Providence Bruins kick off a 3-games-in-3-nights weekend, but tonight Jordan Binnington gets the call when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers come to town.

The numbers so far this season clearly tilt in favor of Binnington, who is on loan from the St. Louis Blues. Along with a 10-1-1 record, he has an AHL-leading 1.55 goals-against average; his .940 save percentage is second. He was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic in Utica at the end of the month.

With losses in his last three starts, McIntyre is 11-8-2-1 with a save percentage of .893.  Those numbers are way down from last season when McIntyre was a second-team AHL all-star with a .930 save percentage and a 21-6-2-2 record.

“Binner has had a heck of a start to the season. He’s earned the start tonight. Obviously, Mac hasn’t been able to find the wins that he was seeing last year and early on this season,’’ coach Jay Leach said this morning.

“By no means are we turning our back on Mac. It’s an opportunity for Binner to get a win tonight. At the end of the day, we’re in this business to win. The last one we had was Binner, and that’s why we’re going with him tonight. We’ll evaluate after that,’’ he said.

Anders Bjork won’t play tonight, but will be in the lineup on Saturday. He didn’t practice all week, as Boston gave him time off for the bye week.

PROVIDENCE LINES

Agostino-Szwarz-Czarnik

Cehlarik-JFK-Fitzgerald

Beleskey-Cave-Senyshyn

Blidh-Hennessy-Hickman

DEFENSE PAIRS

Zboril-Cross

Breen-Acolatse

Johansson-O’Gara

McIntyre is the backup.

Scratches: Porter, Payerl, Hargrove, Bjork, Lauzon, Clifton

Providence is 1-2 against Bridgeport this season, with both losses at home.

The Sound Tigers have lost 4 in a row. In their most recent game, they were beaten by Hartford, 2-1, in a shootout on Wednesday.

Islanders prospect Josh Ho Sang, Bridgeport’s most dangerous forward, was a healthy scratch in that game.

“He has to learn to manage the puck better and play away from the puck. Too many turnovers,”  coach Brent Thompson told Michael Fornabaio of The Connecticut Post. “It’s a team game. It’s making sure all five guys are on the same page. He’s got to learn to play that team game, which will help him be successful in the NHL.”

Said Ho-Sang: “They’re going to treat me however they want to treat me. At the end of the day, whatever they say is, kind of, law. It doesn’t really matter what I want to say about it or how I feel.

“I think they just want me to be the best version of me possible. That’s what everyone wants. They’re trying to figure it out.’’

The Sound Tigers will be without Sebastian Aho, Michael Dal Colle and Anthony Beauvillier. They’ve been recalled by the Islanders.

The P-Bruins visit Bridgeport on Saturday night before finishing the weekend with a home game against Springfield on Sunday.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins weekend

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It wasn’t a particularly good weekend for the Providence Bruins, who came away with just 2 of 6 points, losing at home to Hartford, 3-2, winning at Springfield, 6-2, and falling to Syracuse, 4-3, on Sunday.

Providence’s hasn’t given up many third-period leads this season, but they did so on Sunday to a strong Syracuse team.

Coach Jay Leach’s take: “Start to finish, they were a better team. We were a step slow all night. Obviously, it’s our third (game) in three (days) and they had just two and you could see it. In saying that, that’s pro hockey. It’s a lesson for our guys. You’re going to face adversity like that and I didn’t think we responded very well.’’

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

*** The line of Kenny Agostino (1-2-3), Jordan Szwarz (2-1-3) and Austin Czarnik (0-3-3) was dominant in Springfield.

*** Down from Boston, Anders Bjork had 2-2-4 in 3 games and Peter Cehlarik scored a goal in both of the games he played.

*** Tommy Cross scored a goal and three assists with 10 shots for the weekend.

***After a 0 for 26 streak, the power play gained some traction with goals on Saturday and Sunday.

*** The penalty kill was a perfect 8 for 8.

*** After a quiet game on Friday, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson rebounded with a goal and an assist on Saturday and 2 assists on Sunday.

*** The P-Bruins have taken 11 of 12 points from Springfield with 5 wins and an overtime loss.

*** Czarnik and Jordan Binnington were selected to play in the AHL All-Star Classic this month. Czarnik is up to 13th in the AHL in scoring with 9-23-32 in 29 games. Binnington has a 10-1-1 record. He has the best goals-against average in the AHL at 1.55 and his .943 save percentage is second.

BAD

*** Zane McIntyre allowed 3 goals on 10 shots in 22:55 on Friday.

*** Providence has lost 3 of its last 4 games.

UGLY

***Injured: Jeremy Lauzon (concussion).

*** The P-Bruins gave up a goal 17 seconds into the game on Sunday and 80 seconds in on Friday.

Good, bad & ugly from Providence Bruins week

The Providence Bruins wrapped up 2017 on a high note by taking 5 out of 6 points on the road. They battled back for a 5-4 shootout victory in Utica on Wednesday, beat the Comets, 3-1, on Friday, then came from behind again in Belleville on Saturday before losing in overtime, 3-2.

Here’s the good, bad and ugly.

GOOD

*** The shootout win in Utica was one of most memorable of the season. Down by 2, Providence tied it on goals by Justin Hickman and Matt Beleskey. Kenny Agostino scored in the shootout and Zane McIntyre stopped all 3 Comets’ shooters for the win.

*** The P-Bruins received an incredible break in the third period on Wednesday when a Utica goal that might have put the game out of reach was disallowed because the net was off its pegs. They got another break two nights later. This time Providence scored while the net was off, but the referees allowed the goal.

*** Providence went 5-2-1-0 on their eight-game road trip. Five of their next seven games are at home.

*** The P-Bruins are a league best 5-0 in shootouts.

*** With a .703 points percentage, Providence is second in AHL and first in the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division.

*** Jay Leach will coach the Atlantic Division team at the AHL All-Star Classic later this month.

*** Chris Breen scored his first goal of the season and assisted on Anton Blidh’s goal in Belleville.

*** Blidh has 4-3-7 in his last 8 games.

*** Justin Hickman has 3 goals in his last 4 games.

*** With a win in Utica, Jordan Binnington improved his record to 9-1-1. His goals-against average of 1.59 is the best in the league and his .938 save percentage is second.

*** Adam Payerl had 1-1-2 in the 5-4 win in Utica.

BAD

*** Providence is 22nd in the AHL in power play opportunities with 137.

UGLY

*** The P-Bruins haven’t scored on their last 24 power plays. The PP is 27th in the AHL at 13.1 percent.

*** The P-Bruins didn’t get home from Belleville until 5 a.m. on Sunday.

*** Injured: Jeremy Lauzon (upper body).