BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres open a three-game homestand Friday while the visiting Boston Bruins embark on the first of a five-game road trip. The teams meet at First Niagara Center for their third of five matchups this season and the second in a week.
The Sabres won the first game, 7-4, in Boston on Jan. 31 and the Bruins came back to win, 3-1, Sunday in Buffalo. The two teams have become quite familiar with each other in the last week, but will not play each other again until March 31.
Buffalo is coming off its first two-day break since Jan. 22-23 after playing at the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
"We had a good day off. We had a real good practice yesterday, and when we talk about energy level, it should be right at the top," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said.
Bruins wing Rich Peverley said his team is looking forward to spending some time together on the road. This five-game swing marks their longest road trip of the 48-game season.
"It'll be a great time. I don't think we'll have too many road trips where we'll be away for too long. So to have to have this time to spend together, it's pretty key," Peverley said. "It's always good to spend time with the guys on a more personal level."
Goalie Anton Khudobin left the ice first after Boston's morning skate, usually indicating he will be the starter, but Bruins coach Claude Julien would not tip his hand as to who would be between the pipes.
Khudobin started against the Sabres on Sunday, stopping 24 shots in the win.
"My goalie tonight will be European," Julien said with a smile when asked what goes into his decision process. "That's an answer isn't it?"
Both Bruins goaltenders, of course, are European. Khudobin is from Kazakhstan and Tuukka Rask is from Finland.
Ryan Miller is expected to start in goal for Buffalo.
Thomas Vanek – Cody Hodgson – Jason Pominville
Marcus Foligno – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford
Nathan Gerbe – Mikhail Grigorenko – Steve Ott
John Scott- Jochen Hecht – Patrick Kaleta
Tyler Myers – Robyn Regehr
Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Sekera
Jordan Leopold – Mike Weber
Scratches: Cody McCormick, TJ Brennan, Alexander Sulzer
Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Nathan Horton
Chris Bourque – Chris Kelly – Rich Peverley
Dan Paille – Gregory Campbell – Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg
Dougie Hamilton – Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg – Johnny Boychuk
Scratches: Jay Pandolfo, Aaron Johnson