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Hockey East: Providence at Maine pregame notes and line charts

Five points separates second place from tied for seventh in the Hockey East standings.

Maine senior captain Brice O'Connor
Maine senior captain Brice O'Connor
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Orono, Maine -- The University of Maine hockey team hosts Providence College on Friday night for the first of two games on the weekend between the Hockey East foes battling for playoff positioning.

The Black Bears took just one of four points on the road at Northeastern last weekend, a disappointing result considering the continued trend of being unable to hold on to games late in regulation.

Maine could finish as high as second and as low as seventh while Providence could move up to second, but also could fall as far as eighth.

Tonight marks the second time South Portland, Maine native Jon Gillies returns to his home state as a collegiate. The Calgary Flames prospect stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 2-2 tie in the only matchup between the schools in Orono last season.

Providence had been skidding, at 0-4-1 over its past five games, entering last weekend, but the Friars got back on track with a weekend sweep of Massachusetts. Nate Leaman's program has made it to the TD Garden for the Hockey East semifinals in each of his first two seasons at the helm.

PROVIDENCE

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Nick Saracino Ross Mauermann Shane Luke
Stefan Demopoulos Mark Jankowski Trevor Mingoia
Brandon Tanev Noel Acciari Derek Army
Steven McParland Kevin Rooney Drew Brown

Left Defense Right Defense
Kyle McKenzie Steven Shamanski
Tom Parisi Kevin Hart
John Gilmour Anthony Florentino

Goaltenders
Jon Gillies
Nick Ellis

MAINE

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Mark Anthoine Devin Shore Ryan Lomberg
Connor Leen Cam Brown
Andrew Cerretani
Brian Morgan Steven Swavely Blaine Byron
Will Merchant Jon Swavely Brady Campbell

Left Defense Right Defense
Ben Hutton Brice O'Connor
Jake Rutt Conor Riley
Eric Schurhamer Dan Renouf

Goaltenders
Martin Ouellette
Dan Sullivan
Matt Strickrott

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.