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Krejci game-time decision for Boston, seeking seventh straight win against Buffalo

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (1-5-2) at BRUINS (3-3-0)

7 p.m. ET; NESN, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Center David Krejci will be a game-time decision because of an upper-body injury when the Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday.

Krejci was injured on a hit during the second period of a 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday, when Boston began a four-game homestand. He didn't practice Friday but skated briefly during an optional morning skate Saturday.

Goalie Anton Khudobin (2-0-0) will start for Boston. Tuukka Rask will miss his second straight game because of a concussion.

Video: BOS@ARI: Khudobin snags Ekman-Larsson's slap shot

The Sabres will look to end a two-game losing streak when they play the second game of a back-to-back set; they lost 4-2 at home to the Canucks on Friday. Robin Lehner will start in goal for the Sabres, who are off to their worst start since they began 1-7-0 to in 2014-15.

Boston has won its past seven games against Buffalo, with the Sabres' last win coming Dec. 26, 2015.

 
Players to watch

Sabres center Jack Eichel, who grew up in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, and attended Boston University, has six points (two goals, four assists) in seven career games against his hometown team. He has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in eight games this season.

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, who missed the first five games of the season with a lower-body injury, had a goal and three assists in his season debut against the Canucks.

Video: VAN@BUF: Eichel dances by defender for great goal

 

They said it

"We need more pride in this dressing room. We've got to figure this out. That's unacceptable. The product we put on the ice tonight is just ... disappointing." -- Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella after the loss to the Canucks

"[Confidence] is high. I think last game, the power play, the way we scored those goals, that if we're willing to outwork the penalty kill we have five really skilled players on the ice. And them being shorthanded we should get our opportunities and it's up to our guys to capitalize on those opportunities and we did." -- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug on the power play, which was 4-for-8 against Vancouver on Thursday and is 8-for-27 this season

 
Sabres projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Justin Bailey -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Benoit Pouliot -- Sam Reinhart -- Seth Griffith

Matt Moulson -- Johan Larsson -- Jordan Nolan

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Nathan Beaulieu -- Matt Tennyson

Jake McCabe -- Victor Antipin

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Taylor Fedun, Zach Redmond

Injured: Zemgus Girgensons (lower body), Josh Gorges (lower body), Jacob Josefson (lower body), Justin Falk (undisclosed), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Evan Rodrigues (hand)

 
Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- Anders Bjork

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- David Pastrnak

Kenny Agostino -- Riley Nash -- David Backes

Tim Schaller -- Sean Kuraly -- Frank Vatrano

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Kevan Miller -- Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug -- Paul Postma

Anton Khudobin

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Matt Beleskey, Rob O'Gara

Injured: Adam McQuaid (leg), Tuukka Rask (concussion), Ryan Spooner (groin), Noel Acciari (hand)

 

Status report

The Sabres did not hold a morning skate. Beaulieu sustained an upper-body injury Friday. If he can't play either Fedun or Redmond, who was called up from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Saturday, would replace him. ... Gorges was placed on injured reserve Saturday. ... Miller (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision. O'Gara was called up from Providence of the AHL on an emergency basis in case he can't play. ... Postma will make his Bruins debut after being a healthy scratch for the past six games.

 

Stat pack

The Sabres' power play is 5-for-30 and has allowed six shorthanded goals, most in the League. ... Backes is two points away from 500 in his NHL career. Nash is one point shy of 100 in his NHL career.

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