Boston Bruins 74 pts (33-11-8)

vs

Buffalo Sabres 40 pts (15-29-10)

7 p.m. ET

TD Garden – Boston, MA

TV: NESN

Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub


Season Series/Schedule

Date      Game                                    GWG

10/21     BUF 5 @ BOS 4  OT          Ryan O'Reilly

12/19     BOS 3 @ BUF 0                  Jake DeBrusk

2/10       BUF @ BOS        

2/25       BOS @ BUF        


Team Leaders

Bruins                                                                                   Sabres

Brad Marchand, 51                          Points                   Jack Eichel, 53

Patrice Bergeron, 24                       Goals                    Jack Eichel, 22

Marchand/Pastrnak, 30                 Assists                  Jack Eichel, 31


The Boston Bruins have just one regulation loss in their last 23 games, so hosting the worst team in the Eastern Conference should not be much of a concern.  However, as we have seen in the past, these types of games can catch teams looking past their opponents and the Bruins already have one loss to Buffalo this season.

The Sabres are coming off a 4-3 victory over the fading New York Islanders on Thursday night, for their only win in their last five games.  They had gone 3-2-0 in their five previous games.

The 5-4 overtime loss to the Sabres in October snapped a seven-game win streak versus Buffalo, but the Bruins have points in each of their last nine games against the Sabres going 8-0-1.

The only change we will see in Bruce Cassidy’s lineup from what we saw at the New York Rangers on Wednesday will come in goal as Tuukka Rask gets the start tonight.  Noel Acciari did take part in today’s optional skate, but he will not play.  There is a chance he makes his return versus the New Jersey Devils tomorrow.


Probable Bruins Lineup

FORWARDS

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Ryan Spooner

Danton Heinen - Riley Nash - David Backes

Tim Schaller - Sean Kuraly - Austin Czarnik

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Adam McQuaid

GOALTENDER

Tuuka Rask (22-8-4, 2.09 GAA, .925 save %, 2 SO)

INJURY REPORT

C-Noel Acciari (lower-body) out, LW-Anders Bjork (upper-body) out, D-Kevan Miller (upper-body) out


Probable Sabres Lineup

FORWARDS

Evan Rodrigues - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Evander Kane - Ryan O'Reilly - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot - Jacob Josefson - Jordan Nolan

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS

Nathan Beaulieu - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson

Josh Gorges - Viktor Antipin

GOALTENDER

Robin Lehner (12-20-7, 2.84 GAA, .913 save %, 3 SO)

INJURY REPORT

D-Zach Bogosian (lower-body) out, D-Jake McCabe (upper-body) day-to-day

Source: lineups via Daily Faceoff & Left Wing Lock
Image Credit: AP