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B's Expect Buffalo's Best

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 2:50 PM / Features
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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BOSTON - Despite their place in the sub-basement of the Northeast Division, Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien expects that the Sabres club that competes tonight on TD Garden ice will be a little sharper than the one that the Bruins encountered during their 5-2 win over Buffalo on Nov. 3rd.

Thomas makes a save against Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres.
"The goaltender [Ryan Miller] has found his game obviously has really helped, and they’re definitely playing with a lot more confidence and conviction, and I see them coming hard on the offense," said Julien after Tuesday's morning skate. "They seem to have four guys up the ice all the time and even in the offensive zone, their D’s are not afraid to slide in there.

"So, they’re [playing] a good game. I don’t see us going into this game any other way than it’s going to be a tough game."

Miller, himself, talked about the Bruins earlier this week and noted that his friend Tim Thomas had bounced back from injury.

"I didn't doubt Timmy could bounce back," said Miller to The Buffalo News. "He's a battler. There's no way you're going to see him just sit back and wait to play. He's going to push, he's going to push hard."

The Bruins expect the same from the Sabres.

"Hopefully we come out strong," said Wheeler. "Our starts have kind of been our Achilles’ heel this year, so if we can come out with a good start, it’s going to set us up for having a good game.

Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. (AP Photo/ David Duprey)
"And if we come out flat, then playing from behind like we’ve kind of been doing lately is going to make it tough for us, so a good start is key and from there we can keep building."

Miller could make the Bruins coming from behind a prohibitive plan.

"We’ve got to get traffic in front of him," said Stuart. "He makes that first save, and he’s like Timmy. He can make all those saves, the ones he sees, so we’ve got to get traffic in front of him and make sure we get a lot of shots on him because obviously he’s playing well." 

Stuart said he hoped that just being home would help the Bruins come out of the gate smoothly after an uneven effort in Toronto on Saturday.

"It’s nice to get back home," said Stuart. "It’s an important week for us, and we can make it as good as we want.

"We didn’t come out with the best effort in Toronto, and we were disappointed in that, and I think guys are excited to be home, and we can make this a very positive week if we do the right things."

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