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Pregame Skate: BUF @ BOS

B's host the divisional rival Sabres in first of five season meetings

Thursday, 01.31.2013 / 12:58 PM / Features
By Caryn Switaj  - BostonBruins.com
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Pregame Skate: BUF @ BOS
The B\u2019s hit the ice this morning for pregame skate at TD Garden, in preparation for tonight\u2019s divisional match-up against the Buffalo Sabres - the first of five meetings this season.

Boston, MA - The B’s hit the ice this morning for pregame skate at TD Garden, in preparation for tonight’s divisional match-up against the Buffalo Sabres - the first of five meetings this season.

All of the Bruins were on the ice, including defenseman Adam McQuaid who did not play Monday in Carolina or Tuesday against the Devils.Tuukka Rask was first off this morning, indicating he’ll get the start tonight against the Northeast Rivals. Chris Bourque stayed on for some extra time and Coach verified after skate that he will be the healthy scratch tonight and Lane MacDermid will be in the lineup.

Dan Paille will move up to the third line, and MacDermid will join the fourth line with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell.

The reasoning is two-fold, as Coach Julien doesn’t want healthy scratches like Lane MacDermid sitting too long without game action, and wants Chris Bourque to build up some confidence.

"As you guys saw, Chris [Bourque] spent a little bit of extra time on the ice and he’s a player that we’re going to sit out tonight," said Julien on Bourque being a healthy scratch for the first time this season tonight. "I had a good talk with Chris this morning. I think he’s putting a lot of pressure on himself right now, certainly not the Chris that we know. I’ve seen him enough to know that he’s a really good skater, he’s a really good playmaker, but I think right now he’s putting way too much pressure on himself.

"Hopefully, we can help him through that and once he takes that extra weight off his shoulders you’re going to see a player that can certainly be a much more efficient player than he’s shown so far.

Boston (5-0-1) is 8-1-1 in their last 10 home games against Buffalo (2-3-1) and are off to their best home start since 1990-91, when they opened the season 5-0-0 at home in the old Boston Garden.

There has been much rhetoric coming into tonight on both teams' "toughness" and physical play - what with Buffalo adding the likes of John Scott and Steve Ott to their roster for 2012-13 - but you won't catch either team being ready to drop the gloves at puck drop.

As far as I’m concerned, speculations are speculations, until it happens that’s all they are. We’ve played our style of game forever and we don’t plan on changing that, so there’s nothing, as far as we’re concerned, that is something to be worried about," Coach Julien said following morning skate.

"It seems a lot of teams have turned that way and, for us, we just have to learn to expect it," said Dan Paille post-skate. "Some games it will happen, some games it won't. For us, it's just to be ready if ever the time comes, but that's not our main focus, we're just going to try to play a normal game and try to get a big win."

"They’re playing the same way they always have, they love to get their D’s involved in the attack, they’ve got good goaltending," said Coach Julien. "They’re a pretty solid team and the one thing you don’t want to do is necessarily look at the standings and look at the records because every night is a different night."

"Right now we’re really focusing on ourselves, making sure that we continue to have consistency in our play and then play our game and hopefully that’s good enough to win the most hockey games."

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 61 18 26 4 44
L. Eriksson 61 14 21 2 35
R. Smith 62 12 23 11 35
B. Marchand 57 18 16 8 34
M. Lucic 61 13 21 11 34
D. Hamilton 62 10 24 0 34
C. Soderberg 62 10 24 6 34
T. Krug 58 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 60 7 19 8 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 25 16 9 .920 2.34
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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