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After extra day off, Bruins ready for Sabres

Sunday, 02.10.2013 / 3:35 PM
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After extra day off, Bruins ready for Sabres
Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres

BRUINS (7-1-1) at SABRES (5-6-1)

Last 10: Buffalo 3-6-1.

TV: NESN, MSG-Buffalo

Season series: This is the second of five meetings. The Sabres earned a 7-4 win against the Bruins on Jan. 31 at TD Garden.

Big story: Boston received an unexpected extra day off Saturday as a blizzard that crushed much of the northeast forced its game against the Tampa Bay Lightning to be postponed. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

Team Scope:

Bruins: Boston is off to a tremendous start, earning points in eight of its first nine games. The Bruins have won back-to-back games since that aforementioned 7-4 loss to the Sabres and are coming off a 2-1 win at Montreal last Wednesday night. Both of Boston’s tallies came in the first 2:05 of the third period, and Tuukka Rask did the rest in a 20-save performance.

"He's had the right attitude," Bruins coach Claude Julien said of his goaltender, who improved to 6-1-1. "With the high expectations, he's just doing his job. He's a normal goaltender, which might be a surprise to a lot of people. But he's so easy going. There are no issues."

Sabres: It’s hard to win a hockey game when you’re outshot 43-15, but the Sabres did just that with Saturday night’s 3-2 victory against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Alexander Sulzer broke a 2-2 tie less than eight minutes into the third period, while Ryan Miller made 41 saves to help end a streak that saw Buffalo allow four or more goals in six straight games.

"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."

Who's hot: Bruins center David Krejci is averaging a point per game for the Bruins with three goals and six assists in nine games. Meanwhile, Rask is boasting a 1.96 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his eight appearances. … Sabres winger Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist Saturday night and leads the National Hockey League with 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 11 contests.

Injury report: The Bruins are expected to be without Shawn Thornton (concussion), Dan Paille (eye) and Brad Marchand (shoulder). … Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr (lower body) is questionable.

2012-2013 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 17 '13 BUF 3 at BOS 2 - SO D. Stafford
Mar 31 '13 BOS 2 at BUF 0 D. Krejci
Feb 15 '13 BOS 2 at BUF 4 C. Ehrhoff
Feb 10 '13 BOS 3 at BUF 1 P. Bergeron
Jan 31 '13 BUF 7 at BOS 4 C. Hodgson
D. Krejci103710+7802
B. Marchand9617+3210
M. Lucic10336+52800
N. Horton10336+3200
T. Seguin10246+7410
P. Bergeron10246+5411
Z. Chara10235+31411
R. Peverley10134-4200
D. Hamilton10044-2000
G. Campbell10123-32200
D. Paille8123-1601
C. Kelly10033-3800
J. Boychuk10112+5600
C. Bourque9112-3201
A. Ference10022+0800
S. Thornton8101-32500
D. Seidenberg8011+3400
A. McQuaid8000+31300
A. Johnson4000-2400
L. MacDermid3000+01000
J. Tardif2000+0000
R. Spooner1000+0000
T. Rask86-1-1162061.96.922
A. Khudobin22-0-04582.00.931
T. Vanek12111223+51240
J. Pominville136814+0211
C. Hodgson135712-31001
T. Ennis135510+0200
M. Foligno13167-51500
S. Ott13246+32410
C. Ehrhoff12156+5800
D. Stafford13055-6900
A. Sulzer12314+4801
J. Leopold13134-61000
M. Grigorenko12123-2000
A. Sekera10123-2200
J. Hecht13033-1600
M. Weber8022+02100
T. Myers11101-91211
R. Regehr6011+0400
A. Pardy1011+0200
J. Scott13000-11900
N. Gerbe9000-4000
P. Kaleta8000+12300
M. Ellis6000+0000
T. Brennan5000+0400
C. McCormick5000-2500
R. Miller115-5-1323682.98.913
J. Enroth30-2-011724.75.847