SABRES (10-8-3) at BRUINS (13-3-5)
7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, TVAS, NESN, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Patrice Bergeron is expected to return to the lineup for the Boston Bruins, who will try to stretch their point streak to six games when they play the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Thursday.
The center, who has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 19 games this season, missed the past two with a lower-body injury. Boston is 2-0-3 in its past five games after a 5-1 win at the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.
The Sabres have lost two in a row. They're 1-6-2 in their past nine games after going 4-1-0 in their previous five.
Players to watch
Sabres center Jack Eichel has six points (five goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak. He has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in five games at TD Garden, including four-point games Dec. 26, 2015 and Dec. 16, 2018.
Bruins forward Charlie Coyle has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak.
They said it
"If you look at the way Boston plays, they're as disciplined and organized a team as there is in the NHL for me right now. And we have so much respect for their game and it's a team you're doing everything to play eye to eye against and doing everything we can to end up on the positive end of the score here. At the same time, it's an opportunity for us to learn and to watch a team with an amazing synergy both defensively and offensively." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"Yeah, I felt good this morning. So unless something happens before now and then, yeah I think I'm ready to go and I'll be playing tonight." -- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron
Sabres projected lineup
Jimmy Vesey -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues -- Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Curtis Lazar
Victor Olofsson -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Rasmus Asplund
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Colin Miller -- Brandon Montour
Rasmus Dahlin -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched: Marco Scandella, John Gilmour
Injured: Zach Bogosian (hip), Matt Hunwick (neck), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body), Marcus Johansson (upper body), Kyle Okposo (concussion), Tage Thompson (upper body)
Bruins projected lineup
Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Charlie Coyle
Anders Bjork -- Par Lindholm -- Danton Heinen
Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner
Zdeno Chara -- Charlie McAvoy
Matt Grzelcyk -- Brandon Carlo
Urho Vaakanainen -- Connor Clifton
Scratched: Steven Kampfer
Injured: Torey Krug (upper body), Brett Ritchie (undisclosed), David Backes (upper body), Zach Senyshyn (lower body), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia), Kevan Miller (knee), John Moore (shoulder)
Larsson returns after missing four games with an upper-body injury. … Ritchie is out with a reoccurrence of an earlier injury.
Reinhart has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past 10 games. … Marchand has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games. … Krejci has six assists in a four-game point streak.