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Preview: Sabres at Bruins

Goalie Robin Lehner to start for Buffalo; Boston working to improve 29th-ranked power play

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

SABRES (5-4-2) at BRUINS (6-5-0) 

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


Sabres team scope

Goaltender Robin Lehner will make his fifth straight start for the Buffalo Sabres. Lehner is 3-1-0 with a 1.26 goals-against average and .961 save percentage in his past four games, and 4-3-1 with a 2.14 GAA and .929 save percentage this season. "I think I'm moving better laterally this season," Lehner told the Times Herald after he made 32 saves in a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Lehner is 3-6-3 with a 2.64 GAA and .925 save percentage against the Bruins. The Sabres have won three in a row on the road and three of their past four overall. 


Bruins team scope

The Boston Bruins won three in a row before a 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday. The power play went 0-for-3 and surrendered two shorthanded goals, and is 29th in the NHL at 7.9 percent (3-for-38). While preparing to face the Sabres and their 13th-ranked penalty kill (82.8 percent), the Bruins worked a little extra on their power play in their morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena on Monday. "I think our players have to see the seams and have to see the plays quicker and better than they have so far," coach Claude Julien said. "We're slow reacting, we're not seeing the seams, we're not seeing the shots, and so we got to keep working on it and that's what we tried to do this morning."


Sabres projected lineup

Matt Moulson -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons -- Sam Reinhart -- Tyler Ennis

Marcus Foligno -- Johan Larsson -- Brian Gionta

William Carrier -- Derek Grant -- Nicholas Baptiste

Josh Gorges -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Dmitry Kulikov -- Casey Nelson

Jake McCabe -- Cody Franson

Robin Lehner

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: None

Injured: Jack Eichel (ankle), Evander Kane (ribs), Nicolas Deslauriers (knee), Hudson Fasching (groin), Zach Bogosian (knee), Cody McCormick (blood clots)


Bruins projected lineup

Brad Marchand -- Patrice Bergeron -- David Pastrnak

Ryan Spooner -- David Krejci -- David Backes

Matt Beleskey -- Riley Nash -- Austin Czarnik

Tim Schaller -- Dominic Moore -- Noel Acciari

Zdeno Chara -- Brandon Carlo

Torey Krug -- Adam McQuaid

John-Michael Liles -- Colin Miller

Tuukka Rask

Zane McIntyre

Scratched: Joe Morrow, Jimmy Hayes

Injured: Kevan Miller (hand), Anton Khudobin (upper body)


Status report

Ennis and Kulikov missed practice Sunday for maintenance days but took part in an optional morning skate Monday. ... Reinhart will play his 100th game. ... Rask will make his fourth straight start since returning from an undisclosed injury. … McIntyre hasn't played since he started and lost 5-2 to the Rangers on Oct. 26 but might play again soon. "Well, I have to think that you can't over-utilize your No. 1 goaltender," Julien said. "So definitely at some point [McIntyre's] going to have to play."... Khudobin, who was ruled out for three weeks beginning Oct. 25, has started skating but hasn't been handling a stick, according to Julien. 


Who's hot

Larsson has one goal and two assists during a three-game point streak. ... Marchand also has a three-game point streak with one goal and two assists in that span.

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