PROVIDENCE — Still looking for their first win of the season, the Providence Bruins open the season’s first three-in-three weekend with a game in Hartford tonight.
Zane McIntyre will start in goal, looking to rebound from last Friday’s opener against the Wolf Pack when he was pulled after allowing three goals in the first 12:39.
“We need two goalies. No one works harder than Zane McIntyre. He has performed for us for a long time and he deserves the opportunity to go in and have a good game,” said coach Jay Leach. “I could never fault his effort. He would probably say he’d like to have some (of last Friday’s goals) back, but that’s why it’s the hardest position.”
Leach anticipates having veteran defenseman Cody Goloubef in the lineup for the first time. He missed the end of training camp with an upper body injury. He’ll be paired with rookie Urho Vaakanainen.
“He’s a guy that’s been around. Can make plays. Hopefully, he’s able to help Vaak get situated with North American pro hockey. He’s played (in both AHL & NHL). We’re hoping he can provide Vaak with good support & get him acclimated to this league,” said Leach.
These were lines in Thursday’s practice and I expect they will be the same tonight:
Besides Vaakanainen and Goloubef, look for the other defensemen tonight to be Lauzon, Zboril, Breen and Clifton.
Sherman, Koppanen, Pond, Gabrielle and Johansson stayed on the ice after today’s morning skate, so expect them to be scratches. David Broll remains out with a hand injury.
Gabrielle is cleared to play after recovering from an upper body injury in the preseason. He could in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday, according to Leach.
Providence is home for a rematch with Hartford on Saturday night, then visits Springfield on Sunday afternoon.