BRUINS (5-6-0) at SABRES (2-8-0)
TV: NESN, MSG-B, BELL TV
Season series: In their first game this season, the Boston Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 on Oct. 18 at First Niagara Center. Defenseman Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist. The Bruins also received a goal from defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is currently out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury.
Bruins team scope: The proverbial injury bug has hit the Bruins. Defenseman Torey Krug will miss 2-3 weeks with a broken finger, the Bruins announced Wednesday. They recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky from Providence of the American Hockey League. Left wing Brad Marchand left practice early Wednesday and did not return, the Boston Globe reported. Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters after practice that Marchand "tweaked something." It was uncertain as to whether Marchand would be available Thursday. The Bruins enter having lost two of their past three games. Both losses came at home, including on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild, 4-3. With Chara out, Hamilton, 21, logged a career-high 28:32 in ice time Tuesday.
Sabres team scope: Rookie center Sam Reinhart will play Thursday, according to the Buffalo News, which would represent his ninth game. After that, the Sabres will have to decide whether to return Reinhart to his junior team. Once he plays in his 10th game, the first year of Reinhart's entry-level contract kicks in. Reinhart, the second pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has averaged 10:41 of time on ice and has no goals and one assist and is minus-1. The Sabres enter having lost five of their past six games, including 4-0 on Tuesday at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sabres just concluded a four-game road trip in which they went 1-3-0. They scored a total of three goals on that trip and have been shut out in each of their past two (non-consecutive) losses. They enter Thursday with a scoreless streak of 74 minutes and 3 seconds. The Sabres are the lowest-scoring team in the NHL, averaging 1.00 goal per game. They also are allowing the most shots in the League at 36.7 per game.