Re: Early Bruins 2012-2013 Prospect Reports
posted at 4/26/2013 4:54 PM EDT
Tonight's lines: Bourque-Spooner-Tardif
On defense: Exelby-Krug
If Bartkowski comes down, one of bottom four won't play. Svedberg starts"
Offense: Both teams have balanced scoring. Jamie Tardif scored 30 for Providence and Craig Cunningham put up 25. Ten other P-Bruins scored at least 10 goals. Hershey didn’t have a 20-goal scorer, but 12 players hit double figures. Veteran Jeff Taffe (18-53-71 in 73 games) finished second in the league in points. Casey Wellman, Ryan Potulny and ex-PC star Jon DiSalvatore are dangerous.
Defense: Hershey has a young and mobile defense corps. Around the net, Providence will try to lean on the Bears — who are not all that physical — and will make them work to get out of their end and up the ice.
The P-Bruins have a terrific transition game, starting with Torey Krug (13-32-45 in 63 games).
Goaltending: Twenty-one-year-old Philipp Grubauer started most of Hershey’s games down the stretch. His goals-against average and save percentage are comparable to Providence’s Niklas Svedberg, though he played 20 fewer games. Voted the AHL’s best goalie, Svedberg’s record was 37-8-2.
Special teams: The P-Bruins had the AHL’s eighth-best power play; Hershey was 11th . Providence was fifth on the penalty kill; the Bears were 10th .
Prediction: Svedberg will be the difference. Bruins in five. —Mark Divver"
Scoring depth, goaltending and Krugs blazing close to the season should get them through the first round.