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Preview: Bruins look to move forward from Sunday’s debacle as they host the Sabres tonight

The Bruins looked rough Sunday, but look to bounce back with possibly some new faces against the Sabres.

NHL: MAR 27 Sabres at Bruins Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Just the Facts

When: Tonight, 7:00 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

  • 10-25-6 for 26 points, last in East
  • Sam Reinhart: 39GP, 14G, 12A, 26PTS; Victor Olofsson: 41GP, 11G, 13A, 24PTS; Rasmus Dahlin: 41GP, 3G, 14A, 17PTS
  • Linus Ullmark: 9-6-3, 2.64 GAA, .917 save percentage

Game Notes

  • The Boston Bruins were busy Sunday night after the blue line was completely pummeled against the Washington Capitals. Shortly after, the Bruins initiated their first trade before the deadline, receiving Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators for a 2022 third-round draft pick. And then the Bruins pulled the trigger to try to add 5v5 depth, acquiring Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round draft pick.
  • Hall and Reilly could have the chance to jump into the lineup tonight. Along with Lazar, the three drove to Boston yesterday which allows them to be eligible. Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney spoke yesterday about the team’s newest acquisitions and said he expects Hall would play with either with Krejci or Coyle as his center, depending on how Bruce Cassidy sees the game going. Lazar is likely a few days away from being ready, as he’s still recovering from an injury.
  • When they do play, Hall will wear #71, Reilly gets #6 and Lazar will be #20.
  • The Bruins last played the Sabres on March 27 and eked out a 3-2 win. Reinhart put the Sabres on top in the first period with an early power-play goal. Matt Grzelcyk tied the game in the second, but the Sabres retook the lead with a tally from Kyle Okposo. The Bruins woke up in the third period, outshooting the Sabres 15-3, after making the game way more competitive than it should have been through the first 40 minutes. Nick Ritchie tied the game early in the third period and also assisted on Craig Smith’s game-winner. Dan Vladar made 25 saves in the outing.
  • The Bruins are 2-0 against the Sabres as the two teams have barely met with all the COVID postponements and rescheduling. Both teams have had nine games since playing each other, with similar records. The Sabres are 4-3-2 since last seeing the Bruins while the Bs are 4-4-1.
  • The Bs have struggled on the man-advantage and against the Sabres, it’s been no exception. Buffalo has been 80% effective on their penalty kill, allowing two power-play goals from the Bruins. The Bruins have killed off 75% of the Sabres’ power plays.
  • Smith has netted a goal in each game against Buffalo. David Krejci and David Pastrnak registered points in both games. Pastrnak has one goal and two assists and Krejci has four assists.
  • Kevan Miller should be back in the lineup tonight. Sunday’s day-off was planned as he won’t play in the second half of back-to-backs this season. It will certainly offer some relief to the blue line, but not all needed. Charlie McAvoy is still day-to-day. The Bruins were off yesterday so we won’t have any updates on his status until later this morning/afternoon. Grzelcyk and Brandon Carlo are also still out.
  • Tuukka Rask skated on his own yesterday, but it’s still unclear when he’ll make his return. Jeremy Swayman will probably get the start.

See ya tonight!