Bruins vs Wild : The 22-year-old forward was selected with the 15th overall pick in 2015 — after the Bruins selected Jakub Zboril at No.13 and Jake DeBrusk. The Columbus Blue Jackets fell into a tie for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern. The Boston Bruins look to improve their road record as they head into Minnesota to take on a disappointed Wild
The team recalled Senyshyn — along with Trent Frederic — from Providence on an emergency basis on Wednesday. Considering Frederic has skated 13 games at the NHL level this season, it’s the call-up of Senyshyn that should interest fans the most over the team’s final two regular-season games.
The 22-year-old forward was selected with the 15th overall pick in 2015 — after the Bruins selected Jakub Zboril at No. 13 and Jake DeBrusk at No. 14. Senyshyn spent the next two seasons in the OHL before joining the AHL Providence Bruins for the 2017 postseason. He’s since spent two seasons with Providence, posting 26-24-50 totals in 128 games at the AHL level.
Head coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Senyshyn will be making his NHL debut on Thursday night.
On Tuesday, the Bruins clinched home-ice advantage for their upcoming first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Cassidy will rest Chris Wagner and may decide to give some rest to some of his regulars over the final two games. Thus, the opportunity has presented itself to Senyshyn.
The only issue Senyshyn foresees on the eve of his potential NHL debut is that it will be tough to get a good night’s sleep.
“It definitely was a little tough last night, and I assume it’ll be a little tough tonight,” he said. “But those are good nerves, and good excitement. I’m really happy to be here.”
Of those three first-round picks from 2015, DeBrusk has obviously found success at the NHL level, as he’s scored 27 goals this year after a 16-27-32 rookie showing in 70 games last year. Zboril has played just two NHL games while spending the past two seasons with Providence.
Senyshyn scored a pair of goals — both in the same game — over three preseason games for the Bruins this past September.
The Bruins close out their regular season at Minnesota on Thursday night and at home against the Lightning on Saturday afternoon.
Wagner is slated to rest his lower-body injury Thursday, which could allow him to return to action for the team’s regular-season finale Saturday against the Lightning. In Wagner’s absence, Zach Senyshyn is set to make his NHL debut against Minnesota.
Players to watch: After tallying nine points in 34 games with Boston, Donato has 16 points in 20 games since the Wild acquired him on Feb. 20. He leads NHL rookies in scoring since Feb. 21. Coyle has two goals and four assists in 19 games since the trade.
Numbers: Wild G Devan Dubnyk tops all NHL goalies with 67 games played this season, tying his career high set in 2015-16. Boston F Brad Marchand earned his 100th point of the season with a goal and an assist in Tuesday’s 6-2 victory at Columbus.
Injuries: Wild F Mikko Koivu (knee surgery) and D Matt Dumba (torn pectoral muscle) are out. Bruins F Chris Wagner (lower-body injury), F Sean Kuraly (broken hand) and D John Moore (upper-body injury) are out; F Danton Heinen (illness) is day-to-day.