Another borderline must-win Bridgeport game. Of course Bridgeport hasn’t actually won here in a while, a streak starting with the biggest regular-season game in team history, which went not-so-well 11 and a half months ago.
But, onward. Kane Lafranchise was said to be a game-time decision, but looks like he gets back in tonight, though the rest of the injured list appears to stay the same. Ryan MacKinnon took warmup but not rushes.
Alan notes that Ben Holmstrom ties Rob Collins for 10th place on the team’s all-time games-played list tonight. Of course the captain has played all 220 consecutively.
F: Hitchcock-St. Denis-Bernier (A)
K.Jones – C.Jones – Ho-Sang
D: Helgeson (A)-Vande Sompel
Horvat (A)-Balisy (A)-Greco
D: Brown (A)-Fayne
R: Gouin, Schrader. L: F.Murphy, K.Briganti.
Bridgeport scratches (believed healthy unless noted): apparently MacKinnon, Mueller, Toews (shoulder), Wotherspoon (lower), Dal Colle (upper), Eansor (upper), Gionta (upper), Kubiak.
Friday Scoreboard Watching: Charlotte (magic number still 12, losing one with a Charlotte Real Win or a Bridgeport Loss of Any Kind) at Rochester (who has both Linus Ullmark and now Adam Wilcox up in Buffalo); Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Hartford (prescout); Providence at Lehigh Valley; Hershey at Utica