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Projected lineups for Bruins, Sabres

Friday, 02.15.2013 / 1:20 PM

By Chris Ryndak - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres open a three-game homestand Friday while the visiting Boston Bruins embark on the first of a five-game road trip. The teams meet at First Niagara Center for their third of five matchups this season and the second in a week.

The Sabres won the first game, 7-4, in Boston on Jan. 31 and the Bruins came back to win, 3-1, Sunday in Buffalo. The two teams have become quite familiar with each other in the last week, but will not play each other again until March 31.

Buffalo is coming off its first two-day break since Jan. 22-23 after playing at the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

"We had a good day off. We had a real good practice yesterday, and when we talk about energy level, it should be right at the top," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.

Bruins wing Rich Peverley said his team is looking forward to spending some time together on the road. This five-game swing marks their longest road trip of the 48-game season.

"It'll be a great time. I don't think we'll have too many road trips where we'll be away for too long. So to have to have this time to spend together, it's pretty key," Peverley said. "It's always good to spend time with the guys on a more personal level."

Goalie Anton Khudobin left the ice first after Boston's morning skate, usually indicating he will be the starter, but Bruins coach Claude Julien would not tip his hand as to who would be between the pipes.

Khudobin started against the Sabres on Sunday, stopping 24 shots in the win.

"My goalie tonight will be European," Julien said with a smile when asked what goes into his decision process. "That's an answer isn't it?"

Both Bruins goaltenders, of course, are European. Khudobin is from Kazakhstan and Tuukka Rask is from Finland.

Ryan Miller is expected to start in goal for Buffalo.

SABRES

Thomas VanekCody HodgsonJason Pominville

Marcus FolignoTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Nathan GerbeMikhail GrigorenkoSteve Ott

John Scott- Jochen HechtPatrick Kaleta

Tyler MyersRobyn Regehr

Christian EhrhoffAndrej Sekera

Jordan LeopoldMike Weber

Ryan Miller

Jhonas Enroth

Scratches: Cody McCormick, TJ Brennan, Alexander Sulzer

BRUINS

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton

Chris BourqueChris KellyRich Peverley

Dan Paille – Gregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg

Dougie HamiltonAdam McQuaid

Dennis SeidenbergJohnny Boychuk

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Scratches: Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery