The Boston Bruins had to recall goaltending prospect Zane McIntyre from the AHL’s Providence Bruins earlier this week, as both he and fellow prospect Malcolm Subban were brought up to replace the injured Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin.
Now, he’s earning his first career NHL start out of the situation.
The Bruins confirmed on Wednesday, via the team’s official Twitter account, that McIntyre has been given the nod to start for the Atlantic Division club against the New York Rangers later this evening. He’s been given the go-ahead over Subban, who started on Tuesday before being yanked en route to a 5-0 shutout at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.
Drafted 165th overall by the Boston Bruins in 2010, McIntyre had an extremely successful NCAA career with the University of North Dakota from 2012 to 2015. He finished all three seasons of play with the collegiate roster with a save percentage of .920 or better, winning the Mike Richter Award for the NCAA’s best goaltender in his final season prior to going pro.
Last year, the Thief River Falls, Minnesota native spent the entire year exclusively with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, finishing off the season with a .898 save percentage through 31 collective appearances. This season, he’s off to one of the hottest starts in the AHL, boasting a .977 save percentage through three appearances and allowing just one goal throughout.
The Bruins and the Rangers will face off on Wednesday evening at 8:00 PM EST at Madison Square Garden.