Appeared that the two vets who sat out Wednesday will play tomorrow, and with that rotation, it looks like Otto Koivula gets a power-play shot. “Knowing his offensive upside, knowing the skill set that he has, his offensive vision, it’s an opportunity to see — he’s progressively getting better to now. We’re spoon-feeding him more and more situations,” Brent Thompson said. “Here’s an opportunity to see what he can do on the power play. It’s a long, long year. It’s a lot of games. We have a plan for him. It’s just time, and see how he takes, one step at a time.”
Koivula has a goal in the past two games and has looked better and better. Also on a streak, if not the second part: Bridgeport’s penalty kill, which has given up a goal in seven in a row, the team’s longest streak in seven years. It only allowed the one on a deflection on Wednesday morning, though, killing off the last four. “I thought they were real aggressive,” Thompson said. “I thought they did a nice job up-ice on entrance scenarios. … I think we need to improve working into shot lanes, and clear opportunities. As a group they take pride. They’re working as a team to get better.”
Providence comes in tomorrow off a home game tonight against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tonight (box here). Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson got called up this morning, and we’ll see what happens beyond that as Tuukka Rask was given a leave of absence.
Catching up from Wednesday, Worcester has lost five in a row, and Mitch Gillam left that game injured. The Railers play Maine tonight.
The Jones twins’ dad is nearing a crazy coaching milestone.
Former Sound Tigers, Islanders and, most importantly, Beast of New Haven forward Mark Parrish has a new gig.
And RIP, Bob Naegele.