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Zach Senyshyn Called Up To Boston Bruins, Rask Missing

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BRIGHTON, Mass – It looks like the Boston Bruins are going to search inward first for offensive answers as they step up their trade chatter with a struggling offense.

Former first round pick Zach Senyshyn has been called up to the B’s and is expected to be in the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers after posting five goals and nine points in a strong 11-game start with the Providence Bruins. The speedy right winger scored again on Thursday for the P-Bruins and drew raves from head coach Jay Leach following the game.

Senyshyn was skating in Chris Wagner’s place on the fourth line with Sean Kuraly and Jack Studnicka, but it’s also a pretty easy switch with Jake DeBrusk on the second line if the fellow 2015 first round pick continues to underperform tonight after one goal in 17 games this year.

“We’ve got Providence, who’s playing again [on Thursday] afternoon, and some guys that have played well,” said Sweeney, while chatting with the media on the Bruins off-day yesterday. “If we have to shake things up, I think we will do that. Understand the expectations haven’t changed.

“Our group has played well, but not quite good enough. Scoring has been the Achilles heel up until this point. Hopefully we can find it from within. Or I’m going to have to make a move to bring in support.”

Otherwise, it looks like it will be Jaroslav Halak again as well with Tuukka Rask missing from the morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena after being left home for Tuesday night’s game in Long Island. The last time we saw Rask on the ice was when he was gingerly skating to the bench last weekend against the Devils with what appeared to be a back issue.

Otherwise, the lineup will be fairly static after both Don Sweeney and Cam Neely took to the airwaves over the last couple of days to air out the Boston Bruins, announce they will be active in the trade market and make it clear they tried every avenue with DeBrusk before calling him out in the media.

Here are the expected line combos and D-pairings for Thursday night’s game against the New York Rangers based on the morning skate:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

Ritchie-Krejci-DeBrusk

Frederic-Coyle-Smith

Kuraly-Studnicka-Senyshyn

 

Grzelcyk-McAvoy

Zboril-Clifton

Tinordi-Vaakanainen

 

Halak

Vladar

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Orrfan

 Don Sweeney and Cam Neely took to the airwaves over the last couple of days to air out the Boston Bruins, announce they will be active in the trade market

Sure. Because Sweeney has been so successful bringing in talent to bolster secondary scoring. Basically the Bruins have wasted the second half of David Krejci’s career by irresponsibly refusing to give him one or more wingers. It is the one reason the B’s have come up short, playoff after playoff.

Orrfan

Not to mention never even offering Torey Krug a contract, despite the fact that half the B’s offence went through the gifted D-man. They’re paying for that senseless decision now.

Comrie

This will be Senyshyns last chance. Former first round pick? Lets be honest never should have been picked in the first round. Barzal was a first round pick. There is a big difference between AHL and NHL. He will never get a better chance of making it to the big leagues than now. I hope he succeeds for the Bruins and their fans sake.

Critsports

Interesting…. the article did not mention the implications of calling Senyshyn back up. From what I’ve read in the past few weeks he’d have to clear waivers to go back to Providence, correct?
I’m all for it though. Provided he can show two way responsibility more speed is welcome and one has to think we are better off with a player like him over Wagner.

Hockey B

Senyshen barely got a chance before people wrote him off. Look man, it’s just ANOTHER kid Don reached WAY too hard on. I’m sure he’s a viable bottom 6 guy. Bruins have a log jam there but if Jake Debrusk has one goal I mean why not put him in there and see if he can do literally anything at this point. The bigger story here is Dan Sweeney is trying to do anything to salvage his reputation with this drafting in the Bruins are basically falling flat on their face over it. Could’ve parted with a couple of these… Read more »

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