SABRES (21-26-5) at BRUINS (27-18-6)
TV: MSG-B, BELL TV, NESN, NHL.TV
Season series: The Boston Bruins have won two of the three games against the Buffalo Sabres this season. Boston forward Ryan Spooner has two goals and two assists in the three games and scored the game-deciding shootout goal in a 3-2 win Thursday in the first half of the home-and-home series. Matt Beleskey also has two goals for Boston. Jack Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly and Evander Kane each has two goals each for Buffalo.
Sabres team scope: Buffalo is 2-0-1 in its past three games. Kane scored a goal Thursday. He's been part of a strong line with Brian Gionta and Johan Larsson lately. "We're using our speed," Kane said Thursday, according to the Buffalo News. "We're getting on teams pretty quick and kind of surprising them with our quickness and speed." Forward Marcus Foligno sustained a lower-body injury late in the game Thursday and will not play Saturday. Forward Daniel Catenacci was recalled from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Friday; it's his first NHL call-up. Catenacci has seven goals and nine assists in 36 AHL games this season. Forward Tyler Ennis, out since Dec. 30 because of a concussion, is still far from a return but he has begun skating.
Bruins team scope: Forward Brad Marchand liked the way Boston battled back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Buffalo on Thursday. However, he said he knows repeating that effort is more important going forward because in their prior game Boston lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs after leading 3-1 in the third period. "I think it's a mindset," he said Friday. "We have to be aware of it every time we go into a game. We have to acknowledge the fact that each and every guy has to play hard and really focus on winning those battles. That's contagious." Marchand, who leads the Bruins with 23 goals, scored the game-tying goal against the Sabres and has eight goals in his past eight games. Defenseman Adam McQuaid took part in the heavily attended optional practice Friday. It was his first time on the ice with teammates since he sustained a concussion Jan. 5. He has not taken contact yet and coach Claude Julien classified McQuaid as day-to-day. Forward Joonas Kemppainen was assigned to Providence of the AHL.