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Sabres at Bruins preview

Buffalo has one win in past six; Bergeron goes for fourth straight multigoal game

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

SABRES (17-15-7) at BRUINS (23-7-9)

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

 

The Game 

The Boston Bruins will look to extend their point streak to seven games when they host the Buffalo Sabres in the second half of a home-and-home at TD Garden on Sunday.

The Bruins, who won 3-0 at Buffalo on Friday, are 3-0-3 in their past six games.

Patrice Bergeron will try to become the second Bruins player to score multiple goals in four straight games (Phil Esposito, 1973-74). Bergeron has two goals in each of his past three games.

Jeff Skinner will miss his first game since sustaining an upper-body injury Friday. The forward is expected to miss 3-4 weeks for the Sabres, who have lost their past two games and are 1-4-1 in their past six.

 

Players to watch

Sabres center Jack Eichel has 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in his past 20 games, and has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in seven career road games vs. Boston.

Bruins forward David Pastrnak has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) during a six-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We liked the energy of the group coming out of that loss. We love the opportunity of playing Boston right away again. I think there's no better team for us to play than to go into their building and bring the energy we have." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger

"I think we played pretty well, just got to do more of the same. We've got to continue to skate, especially on the defensive side of the puck. Just watching the way [Brandon Carlo] and [Zdeno Chara] played against their top line, they were moving their feet really well and had good gaps. So I think that's something that we can all do and apply to our own game."-- Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk

 

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Kyle Okposo

Marcus Johansson -- Johan Larsson -- Sam Reinhart

Zemgus Girgensons -- Curtis Lazar -- Evan Rodrigues

Jimmy Vesey -- Rasmus Asplund -- Conor Sheary

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller

Brandon Montour -- Henri Jokiharju

Marco Scandella -- Zach Bogosian

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Zach Bogosian

Injured: Jeff Skinner (upper body), Marco Scandella (illness), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (knee), Matt Hunwick (neck)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk -- David Krejci -- Danton Heinen

Anders Bjork -- Charlie Coyle -- Brett Ritchie

Joakim Nordstrom -- Sean Kuraly -- Chris Wagner

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk -- Connor Clifton

John Moore -- Steven Kampfer

Tuukka Rask

Jaroslav Halak

Scratched: Par Lindholm, David Backes

Injured: Charlie McAvoy (undisclosed), Torey Krug (upper body), Kevan Miller (knee), Karson Kuhlman (fractured tibia)

 

Status report

Larsson will return after missing three games with a lower-body injury. He replaces Skinner. … Krug skated but will miss a second straight game and is day to day. … Ritchie replaces Lindholm, who is a healthy scratch.

 

Stat pack

Rask has a 14-game home point streak (9-0-5), the longest stretch by a Bruins goalie to start a season since Gilles Gilbert (1973-74, 16-0-0 with one tie). … Marchand has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past two games.

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