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Preview: Here come the Sabres

Buffalo buffalos on into town to try to buffalo the Bruins. Buffalo.

NHL: DEC 19 Bruins at Sabres Jerome Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7 PM

Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA

How to follow: NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Die by the Blade

Know your enemy

The Buffalo Sabres are pretty bad. Yes, again. They’re 15-29-10, good for 40 points and last in the Atlantic Division. They’re five points clear of Arizona for the worst record in the NHL.

  • Jack Eichel: 22G-31A-53PTS; Ryan O’Reilly: 16G-21A-37PTS; Evander Kane: 16G-20A-36PTS
  • Robin Lehner: 12-20-7, 2.84 GAA, 0.913 save percentage

Game notes

  • Let’s be blunt: the Bruins should win this game. The frustrating part, of course, is that previous iterations of the Bruins made a habit of losing winnable games. However, the Sabres are bad. They also played at home last night, beating the Islanders, 4-3. The Bruins haven’t played since Wednesday night. Tuukka Rask is starting. Just win the game.
  • The Sabres are (obviously) going to be deadline sellers, and we’ll get a good look at one of those sale guys tonight in Evander Kane. The tough winger is a hot commodity in NHL cricles, with some Bruins fans clamoring for Sweeney to get him too. Kane is a good player, but seems to turn it on and off when he pleases. Whoever acquires him will likely give up a lot to get a guy who is pretty far from consistent.
  • The Sabres, man. Terry Pegula bought the team, and it looked like things were turning around. Jack Eichel arrived. And then...nothing. The team never really built around Eichel, and always had holes on defense and in net. They’re headed for a top-2 pick this year, and a guy like Rasmus Dahlin would go a long way toward giving the franchise a shot in the arm.
  • Bruce Cassidy has already said that Rask will go tonight, with Anton Khudobin getting the nod tomorrow against New Jersey. Other than that, I don’t imagine there will be a ton of lineup changes for the Bruins.
  • The Sabres have allowed the third-most goals in the league this year with 177. They have a bottom-ten penalty kill as well. The Bruins should be able to take advantage.

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