P-Bruins Gameday — Pro debut for Jack Studnicka

PROVIDENCE — With six games left in the regular season, a win for the Providence Bruins tonight at home against Hartford coupled with a loss in regulation time by Bridgeport at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will clinch a playoff spot for the P-Bruins for the sixth straight season.

Tonight will be the pro debut for Jack Studnicka, Boston’s second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Studnicka was impressive during rookie camp and training camp in September. He put up 22-50-72 numbers in 66 games for the Oshawa Generals.

“Heady player. Makes plays. Willing to go to the dirty areas. Another player that we are excited about,” said Jay Leach.

Providence will be without Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (concussion); Zach Senyshyn (foot); Peter Cehlarik, Josh Hennessey and Kenny Agostino (upper body); and Justin Hickman (knee).

Colby Cave was returned by Providence by Boston today but won’t play tonight.

P-BRUINS LINEUP:

Fitzgerald-Szwarz-Czarnik

Hargrove-Frederic-Payerl
Blidh-Studnicka-Hughes
Pond-Koppanen-Porter
Cross-Clifton
Breen-Zboril
Lauzon-Postma
McIntyre
Binnington is the backup.
INJURED:
Forsbacka Karlsson (concussion); Senyshyn (foot); Cehlarik, Hennessey and Agostino (upper body); Hickman (knee).
The P-Bruins play at Bridgeport on Saturday and at home against Lehigh Valley on Sunday afternoon.

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