For the first time since opening night back on October 12, yours truly will be back within the friendly confines of the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island to provide you all with coverage of tonight’s game between the Bruins and the visiting Albany Devils. Be sure to stay tuned on Twitter throughout the night for in-game updates.
Teams: Albany Devils at Providence Bruins
Records: Albany 2-5-1 (5 Points) , Providence 3-5-0 (6 Points)
Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center , Providence, Rhode Island
Time: 7:05 P.M. (EST)
Last Game: Albany Devils 0, Adirondack Phantoms 4 – St. John’s IceCaps 0, Providence Bruins 3
Players to Watch: Adam Henrique (ALB) – The man who scored the game-winning goal in a series-clinching game 6 to send the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final just five months ago now finds himself skating among the ranks of the American Hockey League. This, of course, due to the ongoing NHL lockout. In eight AHL games this season, Henrique hasn’t enjoyed a tremendous amount of success, scoring just two points (both goals) and registering a minus-3 rating. However, the 2012 Calder Trophy nominee could break out of his slump at any moment and it will be interesting to see how head coach Rick Kowalsky chooses to deploy his young superstar in attempts to get him to produce more offense.
Ryan Spooner (PRO) – The 2010 second round draft choice of the Boston Bruins has exceeded expectations early in his first AHL season, scoring six points (1G/5A) in his first eight games. It is clear that bench boss Bruce Cassidy has recognized the success of his talented young forward, even moving him up into the role of top-line center between scoring wingers Jordan Caron and Chris Bourque. If Spooner can continue to build on his early-season success, he may earn himself the chance to compete for an NHL roster spot, if the lockout comes to an end in a timely manner.
Tonight’s Lineup (Subject To Change):
Scratches– ….. Ryan Button, Zach Trotman
S/T to P-Bruins beat reporter Mark Divver who covers each morning skate and updates the team’s lines on his blog. You can check out some of his work, here.
– Trent Whitfield (Upper Body), Jared Knight (Hamstring)
Last Time We Met: Bruins 2 , Devils 4
– The last time the P-Bruins and Devils met was back on April 14 in Albany, New York. The home team would come out on top with a 4-2 victory on that night during the final weekend of the 2011-12 American Hockey League regular season.
Prediction: Despite an infusion of young NHL talent, the Devils have struggled in the early going this season. I can foresee this continuing on Friday night with the P-Bruins taking home a key conference victory on home ice at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Devils 2 , Bruins 3
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