Ryan Donato catches up with Bruins in St. Louis

Ryan Donato had an impressive NHL debut Monday at TD Garden.
Ryan Donato had an impressive NHL debut Monday at TD Garden.jim davis/globe staff

ST. LOUIS — Bruins winger Ryan Donato, excused from practice Tuesday because of class commitments at Harvard, traveled to St. Louis that night and participated in Wednesday’s morning skate at Scottrade Center to prepare for his second NHL game.

Donato, a sociology major, has multiple classes on Tuesdays. He said his professors are accommodating his NHL schedule.

“I got a relationship with them to start the semester with the Olympics,” Donato said. “So I kind of learned how to deal with doing schoolwork on the road. Hopefully it all works out.”

Donato had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut Monday against Columbus. He will remain the No. 2 left wing tonight against the Blues, who will be without star winger Vladimir Tarasenko (upper body).


Tonight’s projected lineup:


Brad Marchand-Riley Nash-David Pastrnak

Ryan Donato-David Krejci-Danton Heinen

Tim Schaller-Sean Kuraly-Tommy Wingels

Jordan Szwarz-Noel Acciari-Brian Gionta


Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo

Nick Holden-Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk-Kevan Miller


Anton Khudobin

Tuukka Rask

Blues at a glance

■ When, where: Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Scottrade Center, St. Louis.

■  TV, radio: NBCSN, WBZ-FM (98.5).

■  Goals: Vladimir Tarasenko 27, Brayden Schenn 25, Jaden Schwartz 20.

■  Assists: Schenn 35, Alex Pietrangelo 35, Tarasenko 31, Schwartz 31.

■  Goaltending: Jake Allen (23-21-2, 2.79 GAA), Carter Hutton (16-7-3, 2.02 GAA).

■  Head to head: This is the second and final meeting. The Bruins won the first, 2-1, Feb. 1.

■  Miscellany: Tarasenko (upper body) missed Sunday’s game against Chicago . . . Pietrangelo has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) over the past 10 days and was named the league’s First Star of the week . . . St. Louis has the league’s third-worst power play, opperating at just 15.9 percent.

Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.