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.
Jay Leach on Zach Senyshyn: “Showed some serious speed there, obviously, on the goal … He makes a terrific play on a track, a rush against, in the 3rd when they were coming, where he steps up and defends the play. It most likely would go unnoticed”
— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) March 10, 2021
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: