About two weeks ago was the last meeting between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres and it was anything but perfect for the B’s who dropped the puck literally and were shut out 6-0. Tonight the Bruins look to carry over Wednesday win against the Blues and pull off another roadie victory. The Bruins haven’t won back to back games since January 10th-12 and are have been 8-9-1. Needless to say this win is important as they only have a two-point lead over Ottawa for the top spot in the Northeast division.The B’s look to avoid not only another loss but a shutout against Buffalo.
“Buffalo obviously pretty much embarrassed us in the last game. We have to be prepared and we have to be ready for that big match-up tonight,” said Patrice Bergeron. “For us to establish consistency this is a huge game for us.” (Via CSNNE)
And there’s that consistency word again! Today the team held an optional practice and the first goalie off the ice was Tuukka Rask. I think Rask will get the start against Buffalo because he was the one who let up 3 goals on 10 shots in the last match against the Sabres so he has the most to prove. Rask is looking to snap a five game losing streak and what better way than to avenge the team that got him pulled.
Today’s practice was optional but I’m going to assume that lines will stay the same as Wednesday. I’m looking forward to seeing David Krejci playing right wing. Krejci brought well needed physicality and energy to the position and I think it also gave him more confidence after his less than perfect slump.
““It was fun. It was something different. I think it’s a little easier and you save a lot of energy,” said Krejci. “It helps when Kelly on your line. He’s so good defensively and we worked out who would be the first guy back defensively”.(Via CSNNE)
For the Sabres, Ryan Miller will get the start in net. It hasn’t been the best season for Miller, especially against the Bruins, but I expect him to bring his top game against one of his least favorite teams.
Injury wise the Boston will be without Rich Peverley (sprained knee) and Nathan Horton (mild concussion) while Buffalo will be missing Brad Boyes (hand), Cody McCormick (upper body), and Jochen Hecht (concussion). Both teams have called up members from their AHL teams so it’ll be interesting which ones make their moves tonight.
The match ups between these two teams are always interesting and never boring. Can the Bruins pick up their second game i a row? Will Buffalo get another shut out and dismantle Tuukka Time? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see when the puck drops at 7:30 on NESN.