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Sabres aim to break through, beat Bruins

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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Sabres aim to break through, beat Bruins
Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

BRUINS (8-1-2) at SABRES (5-8-1)

TV: NESN, MSG-Buffalo

Last 10: Boston 7-1-2; Buffalo 3-6-1

Season series: This is the third of five meetings between the Northeast Division foes this season. The Sabres won 7-4 in Boston on Jan. 31; the Bruins got even with a 3-1 win in Buffalo this past Sunday.

Big story: Can the Bruins keep their six-game road unbeaten streak alive? Or can the Sabres win on home ice for just the second time since opening night?

Team Scope:

Bruins: Tyler Seguin had 29 goals in his second NHL season, and 25 goals in 29 games with Swiss club Biel during the lockout, so the third-year forward certainly knows how to put the puck in the net. So despite scoring just two goals in his first 11 NHL games this season -- and one of those was an empty-netter -- he said he's not worried.

"I know eventually that a couple will go in and I'll go on a roll," Seguin told CSNNE.com. "I just need to stay with it and bear down."

Coach Claude Julien said it's a matter of Seguin "pushing himself" to get more pucks in the net.

"We know we can get more out of him," Julien told CSNNE.com. "It's a matter of pushing him and it's a matter of him pushing himself. He hasn't been a poor player, but I think there is more that's expected of him. I think there's more that he can give us."

Sabres: With just two wins in their last seven games and a 12th-place spot in the Eastern Conference standings, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said it's on him to fix the problems ailing his team.

"It is on me," he told reporters. "I understand that. This is on me to clean it up."

Ruff is trying to stay positive, and that attitude has spread to the players.

"The attitude of the players has been awesome," he said. "The attitude of the players on the ice today was great. The way we went into the Ottawa game [a 2-0 loss Tuesday] was great. We're disappointed. Do we need to be harder in some situations? Yes. We didn't quite finish a couple plays we need to finish. Some of them were offensively, some of them were defensively.

"The team will feed off my energy. I came in here, we had a couple good meetings. We talked about things we have to get going a little bit better, talked about getting the team in the right mood today and that's up to me."

Who's hot: Buffalo's Thomas Vanek, the League's leading scorer, has done well this season against the Bruins, with three goals (on just five shots) and two assists in two games.

Injury report: Outside of long-term injuries to Marc Savard and Jordan Caron, the Bruins are healthy. … Sabres forward Ville Leino remains out with a hip injury.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 17 '13 BUF 3 at BOS 2 - SO D. Stafford
Mar 31 '13 BOS 2 at BUF 0 D. Krejci
Feb 15 '13 BOS 2 at BUF 4 C. Ehrhoff
Feb 10 '13 BOS 3 at BUF 1 P. Bergeron
Jan 31 '13 BUF 7 at BOS 4 C. Hodgson
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
D. Krejci124812+5802
B. Marchand11718+4410
M. Lucic12358+23000
N. Horton12437+2200
T. Seguin12257+8610
P. Bergeron12257+6411
D. Hamilton12156-3010
Z. Chara12235+21411
R. Peverley12235-4200
D. Seidenberg10044+5400
G. Campbell12123-32200
D. Paille10123-1601
A. Ference12033-3800
C. Kelly12033-4800
J. Boychuk12112+3600
C. Bourque11112-5201
S. Thornton10101-32500
A. McQuaid10000+11900
A. Johnson4000-2400
L. MacDermid3000+01000
J. Tardif2000+0000
R. Spooner1000+0000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
T. Rask96-1-2192352.07.919
A. Khudobin32-1-08842.70.905
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
T. Vanek14111223+51240
J. Pominville156814+0211
C. Hodgson156713-21001
T. Ennis155712+1200
C. Ehrhoff14268+61001
M. Foligno15178-41900
D. Stafford15167-41100
S. Ott15246+32810
A. Sulzer13314+5801
J. Leopold15134-61200
J. Hecht15044+0600
T. Myers13213-71411
M. Grigorenko14123-4000
A. Sekera12123-3200
M. Weber9022+02100
N. Gerbe11011-4000
R. Regehr8011+0600
A. Pardy1011+0200
J. Scott14000-21900
P. Kaleta10000+02500
M. Ellis6000+0000
C. McCormick6000-2500
T. Brennan5000+0400
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Miller136-6-1364312.82.916
J. Enroth30-2-011724.75.847