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Bruins and Sabres set to play meaningless hockey game

Let's face it, this game means nothing. The Bruins have already locked up the top spot in the Eastern Conference and the Sabres have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. Sure, the Bruins can still win the President's Trophy but Claude Julien has pretty much said that he could care less about the President's Trophy. I wouldn't be surprised if half of the Sabres show up drunk and they let a Make-A-Wish kid start in goal.

Just who are these Sabres you speak of?
Buffalo Sabres 40-32-9; 89 pts (3rd in Northeast, 10th in East)

Leading Goal Scorers

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Thomas Vanek 38 23 61 -3 42

G A P +/- PIM
2008 - Derek Roy 28 42 70 -5 38

2008 - Ryan Miller 59 3443 34 18 6 6 145 2.53 1773 1628 .918 5

2008 - Mikael Tellqvist 5 170 1 1 0 1 8 2.82 90 82 .911 0

Guys Who Like to Drop the Gloves
Andrew Peters: 11 Fighting Majors
Paul Gaustad: 6 Fighting Majors
Adam Mair, Craig Rivet, & Patrick Kaleta: 5 Fighting Majors

'08-'09 Season Series
Bruins Record vs. Buffalo: 2-2-1
10/21 @ BUF 3-2 SO L
11/8 vs. BUF 3-1 W
11/19 vs. BUF 7-4 W
11/26 @ BUF 3-2 L
1/3 vs. BUF 4-2 L

Injury Report

The Bruins aren't saying much about injuries now that the playoffs are right around the corner.

LW Marco Sturm: Out for Season (knee)
LW P.J. Axelsson: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)
D Andrew Ference: Out for remainder of regular season (undisclosed injury)
D Dennis Wideman: Doubtful (undisclosed injury)
C Patrice Bergeron: Out (foot)

Buffalo Sabres Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Clarke MacArthur undisclosed 04/10/2009
Patrick Kaleta other-illness 04/10/2009
Maxim Afinogenov other-excused 04/10/2009

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrick Lalime hip 04/06/2009

Projected Lines:

The lines for the Bruins are complete speculation at the this point. The Bruins did not have a full practice on Friday, so it is difficult to determine who will be in the lineup or what the lines will look like. Here is my best guess:

Bruins Projected Lines & D-Pairs


Blake Wheeler - Marc Savard - Phil Kessel
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Michael Ryder
Mark Recchi - Vladimir Sobotka - Chuck Kobasew
Shawn Thornton - Stephane Yelle - Byron Bitz

Zdeno Chara - Aaron Ward
Steve Montador - Matt Hunwick
Mark Stuart - Shane Hnidy


Sabres Current Lines


Thomas Vanek - Tim Connolly - Jason Pominville
Jochen Hecht - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Adam Mair - Paul Gaustad - Daniel Paille
Matt EllisDominic Moore - Nathan Paetsch

Jaro Spacek - Andrej Sekera



- Patrice Bergeron did not travel with the team to Buffalo after taking a puck to the foot in Thursday night's game against Montreal.

- I would expect to see Manny Fernandez get the start in goal.

- The Bruins called up right wing Mikko Lehtonen from Providence. I'm not sure if he will be in the lineup or not but with Bergeron staying at home, the Bruins wanted to have an extra option available.

- Ryan Miller has a new Japanese tattoo inspired mask....just in time for the playoffs. Ray Bishop, the artist who painted Miller's mask has painted masks for several NHL goalies and even painted a Vancouver Canucks themed guitar for generic sounding Canadian butt rock band Theory of a Deadman.

- Aaron Ward will probably have a large cheering section for this game because we all know the fat pigs in Buffalo go wild for Wardo.