Just the facts
When: Tonight, 7:00 PM
Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY
How to follow: NESN+, 98.5 The Sports Hub
Rival SBN site: Die By The Blade
Know your enemy
- 12-27-7, 31 points, last in the East Division
- Sam Reinhart: 44GP, 17G, 13A, 30PTS; Victor Olofsson: 46GP, 12G, 15A, 27PTS; Rasmus Dahlin: 46GP, 4G, 16A, 20PTS
- Dustin Tokarski: 2-6-2, 3.05 GAA, .918 save percentage
- Tonight is the fifth meeting between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres this season, and the middle of a three-game set. With Tuesday’s 2-0 shutout win, the Bruins are now 4-0 against the Sabres.
- Since new line combinations rolled last week, Charlie Coyle’s line has been the least productive in the points column despite better efforts getting pucks to the net. In the last five games, Coyle, Jake DeBrusk and Nick Ritchie have registered zero points. But they have 31 shots on net and DeBrusk has accounted for 16 of them. Coyle is also one point away from reaching his 300th NHL point so it would be nice to see the line come away with some something tonight.
- The Bruins’ power-play units have struggled as of late. The Bruins are 1/16 on the power play in their last five games. The special units overall have overpassed and not thrown enough quality shots on net.
- On the other hand, the penalty kill is 87%. The Bruins’ PK has successfully killed off 21 penalties since April 13. The only two they have let up were the two goals on the 5-on-3 advantage by the Washington Capitals on April 18.
- Yes, the PK has held down the fort, but the Bruins need to find more discipline. The Bruins had six penalty kills last night, four of which came in under a nine-minute span to end the game. One of those did turn into a four-on-four before giving the Bruins a power play and then Buffalo ended up with seven guys on the ice on their 6-on-3. But just clean it up!
- Jeremy Swayman will start tonight. Swayman is 4-1 with one shutout and nine goals against. Cassidy said Tuukka Rask has felt “a little bit of the effects of yesterday’s game today, but that’s normal…that’s a good sign.” Rask should be back in for Friday.
- A win tonight would give the Bruins their longest win streak of the season. They are currently on a five-game streak. The Bruins were also on a five-game winning streak from February 1-12.
- The Bruins’ win on Tuesday gave the team a six-point cushion in the last playoff position, as the New York Rangers lost 6-1 against the New York Islanders. With two games in hand, the Bruins are also only four points from catching the Islanders and the Washington Capitals in the standings.
See ya tonight!