Greetings from the beautiful new home radio booth at the GC! I’m definitely going to be moving my weekly work up here during non-game days. It’s just beautiful. You’ll see it from the stands.
Tonight, the Bears wrap up five straight at home with a matchup against the Providence Bruins. It’s the first of six meetings between the teams, much more than the usual two meetings per year that we’ve had in recent past. The Bruins, new members of the Atlantic Division, have struggled in the past several games. They have one win this month – a 4-1 decision over the Springfield Falcons last Saturday. Bookending that game were a pair of losses to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Before that, you have to go back to October 30 to find the last victory posted by the P-Bruins – a 6-4 win over the Portland Pirates.
The loss of leading scorer Alexander Khokhlachev to a hand injury – coupled with the 10 goals missing from rookie Frank Vatrano, who is injured while on recall to NHL Boston – has definitely crimped the Providence offense. But this team is very good on special teams, which – before the Bears’ three-game winning streak – was the Bears’ slight disadvantage. Providence is ranked eighth on the power play (20%) and 15th on the penalty kill (84.2%), and is coming off of an 8-for-8 kill against the Phantoms on Sunday.
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