Tonight the Boston Bruins are embarking on their second game of the season against the Buffalo Sabres, the only team the Bruins have lost in regulation to this year. Thomas Vanek broke down the Bruins defensive core single-handed and helped lead the Sabres to a 7-4 victory.
Since the last time the two teams met on January 31 the Bruins have improved to a 7-1-1 record, winning their past two games, while Buffalo has gone 2-3-0 since hosting Boston.
The Bruins are coming off of back-to-back wins, the most recent being against the Montreal Canadiens where the Bruins scored both of their goals in the first 2:05 of the final frame, Tuukka Rask doing the rest.
“It’s a great effort we talked about it after the second we need to get better to win a game, we did that got two quick goals and got the win so it’s a real [good] win for us.”-Tuukka Rask post-Montreal game.
The Sabres are coming off of a pair of victories as well, their most recent being against the New York Islanders, despite being outshot 43-15. The two teams were tied 2-2 going into the final frame and Sulzer was able to put them up 3-2 eight minutes in. Ryan Miller helpeed to stop the other 41 shots he aced to preserve the win for Buffalo.
“Every season you’re going to have a couple of games like that,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “Our puck movement wasn’t good, we got caught in our end a few times, but Ryan made the big saves when we needed them.” (via Bruins official site)
Brad Marchand was a game-time decision for yesterday’s scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. However, due to the Nemo Blizzard, the game was postponed to a later date that has yet to be announced. Shawn Thornton has been cleared for contact, but it is still undetermined when he will be back in the line up. The same goes for Daniel Paille, who has been practicing with the team, but has yet to receive medical clearance.
For Buffalo, Robyn Regehr is questionable to play after being sidelined with a lower body injury.
Tuukka Rask is expected to be in net tonight for the Bruins, winning four of his last five games placing him fourth among the NHL’s goaltenders. He sports a 1.96 goals against average and .922 save percentage. At the opposite end of the ice expect to see Ryan Miller, the ‘
gutless ‘ Buffalo goaltender. Miller is 5-4-1, appearing in all but two of the Sabres games thus far. He’s ranked 14th in the league and holds a 3.07 goals against average and .909 save percentage.
Tonight’s game is being hosted at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo, New York at 7:00pm. It is being televised on NESN with commentary by Andy Brickley and Jack Edwards. You can also listen to the game on 98.5 the Sports Hub.