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The Bruins have just 3 games remaining in the regular season and they find themselves still searching for a ticket to the postseason. The Bruins will host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at TD Garden. The Sabres are coming off a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night. The win clinched the Northeast Division for Buffalo, which gives them one of the top 3 seeds in the East. Don't expect the Sabres to rest players and coast through tonight's game. The Buffaslugs are still in a race with the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins for the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Injury Report

Boston

Out

Marc Savard (concussion), Andrew Ference (groin/hernia), Dennis Seidenberg (lacerated forearm tendon),  & Mark Stuart (infection in hand)

Questionable

Shawn Thornton (upper body)

Probable

Zdeno Chara (broken nose)


Buffalo Sabres Injuries

Probable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Craig Rivet other-excused 04/07/2010

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Patrick Lalime other-excused 04/07/2010

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tim Connolly foot 03/27/2010
Thomas Vanek other-excused 03/28/2010
Patrick Kaleta thumb 03/29/2010

Notes:

- Derek Roy and Jason Pomminville lead the Sabres with 24 goals apiece.

- The Bruins will be without Dennis Seidenberg for "8 weeks" (read: remainder of the season) after he underwent surgery to repair a lacerated tendon in his left forearm.

- Zdeno Chara broke his nose during Monday night's game vs. Washington after taking a high-stick from Alexander Semin that went unpunished. He practiced yesterday with a full cage and is expected to play tonight.

- The Bruins have gone 3-2-0 against Buffalo in 5 games this season. The teams last met on 3/29 with the Bruins falling 3-2 to the Sabres. Each team has earned 6 points in the season series, as Buffalo took charitty points out of 2 of those Bruins wins. The Sabres went 2-1-2 this year against the B's.

- The Sabres the league's second best PK (86.2%).

- The Bruins are 4-3-0 this year on 2 days rest.

- The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 5-1 last night. The good news is that the Leafs lost, which increases the Bruins' chances of a high draft pick. The bad news is that the Rangers are now within 1 point of the B's in the standings. The Ranger have played one more game than the B's, though.

- Random Video: The Bear hangs out with the Dropkick Murphys on St. Patrick's Day:

- The game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NESN and Versus (outside Boston & Buffalo TV markets). Public Skate open thread starts at 6:30.

- For more on tonight's game, check out Die By The Blade

Kind of, sort of, not really Sabres related...