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Preview: Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins - Oct. 21, 2017

How will injured Bruins team fare against improved Sabres team?

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images

Game seven of the 2017-18 season is upon us, with the slightly improved Buffalo Sabres coming to town for the first of 4 total matchups this season. Will the Bruins have a full roster? How will the lines look after seemingly endless mix matching throughout the previous six games? Can Buffalo take advantage of a banged up Bruins team to get only their second win in the last 9 matchups? We will soon find out!

Just The Facts:

What: The Boston Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres.

When: 7:00 PM EST

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

Why do you care: The Bruins have absolutely dominated the Sabres in recent years, this game should be no different. Plus, there’s that Eichel kid to watch I suppose.

Where to put your eyes: NESN, MSG-B

Where to put your ears: 98.5 The Sports Hub

Game Notes:

  • The injuries for the Bruins are still going to be a factor, with Rask and now Krecji & McQuaid likely out due to concussion/UBI/LBI and Spooner & Acciari still on IR.
  • On the Sabres side, they have a handful of early injuries as well. Most notable are Girgensons, Bogosian and Josefson.
  • On the bright side for the Bruins: Backes and Bergeron are back are didn’t seem to miss a beat. Hooray!
  • Youth movement: Which young players will slot into this game? Will Bruce give the kids playing time over an abysmal 3rd line featuring Vatrano and Beleskey?
  • Reminder: The Sabres have a new coach, Phil Housley who is a first time NHL head coach. They also have a new GM, Jason Botterill
  • No really!: The Sabres have 3 of the top 15 scorers in the NHL (Kane, Pominville, Eichel) so far. The NHL season has been weird to say the least cough Vegas actually winning games cough.
  • While the schedule to open the season has left a lot to be desired, these games against lesser talent are sneakily important. Can the Bruins take two points against a team expected to finish in the bottom third?

Time to start collecting points against a division rival. Let’s go, Bruins!