The last time the Providence Bruins and the Connecticut Whale locked horns, it was a victory for the home team in Hartford on the strength of a six-goal explosion.
Tonight, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, the P-Bruins are looking to return the favor.
Luckily for the AHL’s Black & Gold, they’re moving forward with a short memory.
"There’s a lot of games here, and with the schedule here, you play two or three games in a row, and you have to be able to reload quick and think about the next game," said Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg after Friday’s morning skate.
Svedberg came in and relieved Michael Hutchinson in Providence’s 6-3 loss to Connecticut October 27 after Hutchinson let in the first four. But Svedberg owns all seven of the P-Bruins victories this season, and is hoping to jump-start the team’s weekend with a strong performance against the Whale.
"I feel pretty comfortable; I try to play my game the way I want to play it," Svedberg said. The 23-year-old prospect is playing his first professional season in North America, and is still adjusting to the style of play. This week, he was assisted in practice by Bruins goaltending coach Bob Essensa.
"[I try to] play a simple game; try to be in the right position all the time, and hopefully I can get better here the longer the season goes," Svedberg said. "We worked on a lot of things the whole week here with Bob.
"Just trying to work on every aspect of the game. We’re working a lot on close play around the net, around the posts, so I don’t know if there’s something special from last week, or just in general, just the whole game, trying to work on small details."
If the rest of the Providence squad can follow suit in fixing the "small details," it could be a fruitful weekend for the P-Bruins, with a potential six points on the line, and Providence looking to claw its way back into the playoff hunt.
"With the talent that we have down here and the players we have down here, we obviously expected to be off to a little bit of a better start," said David Warsofsky. "But as many people know, it’s a long season here and at the NHL level, and you have to be ready for that."
Warsofsky said if he and his fellow defenseman can help light the lamp for Providence — an area of its game the team has struggled in — it could provide a huge boost for the squad.
"We want to come out strong and start the month off the right way with a win, and get back on track for ourselves," Warsofsky said.
After hosting Connecticut tonight, Providence will then playing a pair of Atlantic Division games, traveling to Portland tomorrow, and then returning home Sunday to host Worcester.