The Boston Bruins basically know what is coming their way as they enter this evening’s game versus the Sabres.
"(Buffalo’s) style of play is geared more towards offense," said Brad Boyes after this morning’s skate. "They are going to come at you hard and come at you full speed.
"We have a lot of skill guys, but we’ll have to slow them down a bit.
"That’s the one thing we did well last game. And we need to bear down on our chances, because we had a lot of chances last time," he said.
Are you ready to go, Tank?
"I will be a 7:00 tonight," said Thomas, cheerfully, at about noon.
Tim was asked about the goalie show down that occurred on Monday.
"The reality of the game is that if the other goalie is having a great game, I have got to try and match him," said Thomas. "You have to keep the team close."
With Briere, Afinogenov, Vanek and Drury in Buffalo’s pack, however, that is easier said than done.
"It’s tough," agreed Boyes. "I mean, those are guys (on several) lines."
"They have guys that come at you all the time, so you have to make sure you are ready."
Bobby Allen is ready.
"Obviously I have a little bit of anxiety," said Allen, who grew up rooting for the Bruins and who played for Jerry York at Boston College. "It’s been a long time since I’ve played at this level and I am just excited to finally get another chance."
Did Boston College, and Coach York prepare you for the jump to the pros?
"(Jerry) sent me a text message (recently) to let me know that he was thinking about me," said Allen. "He’ll be watching the game.
"Coach has been great to me over the years and it’s good that he gave me a ring and wished me luck.
"I got a call from a bunch of my friends, too, so it’s something that I am pretty excited about and I just hope I can do well," said Bobby.
That’s especially because the Spoked-B has meant so much to him through the years.
"Playing for my hometown team, that I grew up watching, that’s something that is very special -- special not only for myself, but my family as well," he said. "I am looking forward to it.
"I’m just going to go out, keep things simple, contain my nerves if I can and play the game and have as much fun as possible," admitted Allen.
Good luck to Bobby -- as I said to him earlier, he is living every New England kid’s dream.