Just the facts
When: Tonight, 6:30 PM
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY
How to follow: NBCSN, NESN+, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Rival SBN site: Die By The Blade
Know your enemy
- 12-26-7, 31 points, last in the East Division
- Sam Reinhart: 17G, 13A, 30PTS; Victor Olofsson: 12G, 15A, 27PTS; Rasmus Dahlin: 4G, 16A, 20PTS
- Linus Ullmark: 9-6-3, 2.63 GAA, .917 save percentage
- Don’t let the Sabres get hot! Previously a bit of a laughingstock, the Sabres, while still not great, are 5-3-2 in their last ten games. They’re also 2-1-1 in their last four, with wins over the Capitals and Penguins in that mini span.
- The Bruins, of course, are on a nice little run of their own. They’ve won four in a row and are 7-2-1 in their last ten.
- Buffalo’s decent run as of late has been in large part spurred by Dustin Tokarski, who was recently named the league’s first star of the week. Tokarski was 2-1-1 on the week with a save percentage of .934. Not bad!
- It’s fair to say that how they play against the Buffalo Sabres will play a giant role in the Bruins’ playoff seeding (or if they make it at all). The B’s play five of their next seven games against Buffalo. After the Bruins finish this Buffalo-filled run on May 1, they’ll have just six games left: two against the New York Rangers, two against the New Jersey Devils, and one each against the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals.
- It remains to be seen who starts in net for the Bruins tonight. Tuukka Rask played well in Sunday’s win against the Capitals Sunday, so do they ride the hot hand? Probably not, with the condensed schedule coming up. It’s still unclear when Jaroslav Halak will be back, so it may be Jeremy Swayman tonight.
- Speaking of returns, Matt Grzelcyk is getting close. Per the team, there’s a good chance he plays tonight.
- After putting up three points in his first two games with the Sabres, Anders Bjork has no points in his last two. Small sample size, but most Buffalo fans seem happy with the acquisition.
- On the other end of that trade spectrum, Taylor Hall has as many goals for the Bruins (two) in four games as he did over the course of the entire season for the Sabres. Thus far, this seems to be a case of both sides being happy with the results of a trade.
See ya tonight!