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Preview: Oh, Boston gets to play the Sabres again?


NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Just the facts

When: Tonight, 7:00 PM

Where: KeyBank Center - Buffalo, NY

How to follow: NESN+, ESPN+, MSG-B, 98.5 The Sports Hub

Rival SBN site: Die By The Blade

Know your enemy

  • 12-28-7, 31 points, last in the East Division
  • Sam Reinhart: 17G, 13A, 30PTS; Victor Olofsson: 12G, 15A, 27PTS; Rasmus Dahlin: 4G, 16A, 20PTS
  • Dustin Tokarski: 2-7-2, 3.05 GAA, .918 save percentage (stat numbers from before yesterday’s game)

Game notes

  • Tonight is the sixth of eight games against Buffalo this year, and the last of this three-game stint in western New York. Boston will go for a mini-sweep, while Buffalo... well, what are they really going for right now?
  • Actually, tonight's a pretty big game from a Buffalo perspective: highly touted goalie prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is going to make his NHL debut. He's had success at every level of hockey thus far, and is the crown jewel in Buffalo's prospect system. Nothing like throwing him in there against a team on a hot streak...good luck, kid!
  • Bigger picture: the win last night gave Boston a bit more of a cushion over the New York Rangers, now eight points back after the B’s win and the Blueshirts’ loss to the Flyers last night.
  • The Islanders staved off part of Boston’s standings gains by losing in the shootout to the Capitals last night, and the Bruins are now three points behind them - AND the Penguins - for second/third in the East.
  • One of each: Positive - Taylor Hall looked good again, and has a point in four of his past five games. Negative - Boston’s PP didn’t score - AGAIN. At least their penalty kill continued to dominate, stifling all of Buffalo’s advantage opportunities.
  • David Pastrnak’s scored a goal and adding an assist, which keeps him on his points streak going five games strong - 2G, 7A, 9PTS in that span. Brad Marchand and Matt Grzelcyk also had 1-1—2 nights.

And, because they’re fun, here are some Swayman saves from last night! See you all at the public skate and on Twitter for the game tonight!

This warmup is nuckin’ futs, first of all... and enjoy a couple save highlights after that!