P-Bruins GameDay — McIntyre vs. DeSmith

PROVIDENCE — Figure on a low-scoring game when the Providence Bruins and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins meet at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center tonight.

The P-Bruins are third in the AHL in goals against with 117, while the Pens are fourth with 118.

The last time the Pens were in town three Fridays ago, Providence squeaked out a 1-0 win on a Tommy Cross power play goal in the third period in a very entertaining and well-played game.

The P-Bruins haven’t scored much lately, with only 22 goals in their last 11 games.

Austin Czarnik, Providence’s top scorer, is on recall in Boston.

Three of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top five scorers won’t be available tonight. Zach Aston-Reese and Teddy Blueger are up with Pittsburgh and Ryan Haggerty is out for a while with a lower-body injury.

The Penguins are first in the Atlantic Division with a .689 points percentage. Providence is third with .609.

Zane McIntyre (.904 save percentage) will start in goal for the P-Bruins. Casey DeSmith (.917) will start for the Pens.

Zach Senyshyn, who has been out with an upper body injury, is expected to return on Saturday night in Bridgeport. Chris Breen (lower body) will miss his third straight game.

PROVIDENCE LINEUP

Agostino-Szwarz-Hargrove

Blidh-JFK-Fitzgerald

Cehlarik-Cave-Payerl

Beleskey-Hennessy-Hickman

 

Zboril-Cross

Lauzon-O’Gara

Johansson-Clifton

 

Binnington is the backup

SCRATCHES: Senyshyn, Porter, Acolatse, Breen

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