The Providence Bruins have hit a rough patch. After a torrid stretch in which they won nine out of ten, they’ve gone cold, dropping six games in a row.
Playing without Jack Studnicka and Jack Ahcan, they did earn three points in three road games against the Charlotte Checkers from Thursday to Sunday, losing in a shootout in each game. They lost, 2-1, on Thursday; 3-2 on Saturday; and 2-1 on Sunday.
Those three points allowed the P-Bruins to hold onto second place in the Atlantic Division with a points percentage of .602. They are just behind first-place Springfield (.612) and just ahead of third-place Charlotte (.600).
Here’s the good, bad and ugly.
— The P-Bruins received tremendous goaltending in Charlotte. Troy Grosenick, returning from injury, stopped 52 of 55 shots on Thursday and Saturday. Kyle Keyser kicked out 37 of 38 shots on Sunday. They combined for a .957 save percentage and 1.23 goals-against average.
— Troy Grosenick leads the AHL in save percentage (.926) and goals-against average (2.08).
— Chris Wagner scored a goal and had 12 shots on goal on Saturday.
— They posted 19 shots on net in the first period on both Thursday and Saturday.
— Zach Senyshyn buried his team-leading 19th goal on Saturday.
— They are fifth in the league with a points percentage of .581 on the road.
— Providence’s next six games and 14 of their final 19 are at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
— Goals have been hard to come by. They scored four goals in three games in North Carolina and have scored nine goals in the last six games.
— The referees had to look very hard to find that slash by Jakub Lauko in the third period on Sunday. Very tough call to make with three minutes left in a tie game.
— The power play went 1 for 13 on the trip.
— The P-Bruins went a combined 3 for 11 in the three shootouts.
— They outshot the Checkers, 6-0, in overtime on Saturday, but couldn’t score.
— Injured: Nick Wolff, Victor Berglund