BOSTON - With one last opportunity to gain points against the division rival Boston Bruins, the Buffalo Sabres will look to be on their toes from the opening puck drop at TD Garden on Saturday night.
The Sabres will be without captain Jack Eichel, out for the second straight game with an upper-body injury. Eichel has a history of stepping up in his hometown, most recently with a four-point outing in the Sabres' 4-2 win over the Bruins on Dec. 16.
Then again, the Sabres proved in their 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday that they're ready to answer the bell in Eichel's absence, too. Sam Reinhart (1+1) and Jeff Skinner (2+0) contributed multi-point efforts, but it took a full-team effort. to secure the victory.