Skip to main content

After extra day off, Bruins ready for Sabres

by Brian Compton

BRUINS (7-1-1) at SABRES (5-6-1)

TV: NESN, MSG-Buffalo

Last 10
: Buffalo 3-6-1.

Season series: This is the second of five meetings. The Sabres earned a 7-4 win against the Bruins on Jan. 31 at TD Garden.

Big story: Boston received an unexpected extra day off Saturday as a blizzard that crushed much of the northeast forced its game against the Tampa Bay Lightning to be postponed. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

Team Scope:

Bruins: Boston is off to a tremendous start, earning points in eight of its first nine games. The Bruins have won back-to-back games since that aforementioned 7-4 loss to the Sabres and are coming off a 2-1 win at Montreal last Wednesday night. Both of Boston’s tallies came in the first 2:05 of the third period, and Tuukka Rask did the rest in a 20-save performance.

"He's had the right attitude," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of his goaltender, who improved to 6-1-1. "With the high expectations, he's just doing his job. He's a normal goaltender, which might be a surprise to a lot of people. But he's so easy going. There are no issues."

Sabres: It’s hard to win a hockey game when you’re outshot 43-15, but the Sabres did just that with Saturday night’s 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Alexander Sulzer broke a 2-2 tie less than eight minutes into the third period, while Ryan Miller made 41 saves to help end a streak that saw Buffalo allow four or more goals in six straight games.

"Every season you're going to have a couple of games like that," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our puck movement wasn't good, we got caught in our end a few times, but Ryan made the big saves when we needed them."

Who's hot: Bruins center David Krejci is averaging a point per game for the Bruins with three goals and six assists in nine games. Meanwhile, Rask is boasting a 1.96 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his eight appearances. … Sabres winger Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist Saturday night and leads the National Hockey League with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 11 contests.

Injury report: The Bruins are expected to be without Shawn Thornton (concussion), Dan Paille (eye) and Brad Marchand (shoulder). … Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr (lower body) is questionable.

View More

The NHL uses cookies, web beacons, and other similar technologies. By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy.