BUFFALO SABRES (5-4-2) @ BOSTON BRUINS (6-5-0)
BACK IN IT
The Buffalo Sabres, after starting the season 1-3-2, have won four of their past five games, including a huge divisional 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators Saturday. The Sabres have adjusted well after the Evander Kane, Jack Eichel and Zach Bogosian injuries, and hope to stay above .500 until all three players return for a playoff push.
SKILLS PAYING THE BILLS
The Sabres continue to get key goals from their skill players, as Kyle Okposo tied the game 1:07 into the third period on Saturday against Ottawa, while Sam Reinhart scored the winner
8:22 into the third. Okposo now has five goals, while Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Moulson have four each through 11 games this season.
The Sabres have tightened up their defense, and have received outstanding goaltending over the past five games, allowing only five goals in their past five tilts. During that stretch they have allowed only two power play goals, going 13-for-15 on the penalty kill.
The Sabres will try and take advantage of a struggling Bruins team tonight at TD Garden, as the Bruins begin play tonight 1-3-0 on home ice, including losing Saturday, 5-2 to the New York Rangers. The Bruins only win at home this season came back on Oct. 20 versus New Jersey.
TOP- HEAVY B’s
Despite the Bruins’ struggles, forward, Brad Marchand is playing excellent hockey, and leads the Bruins with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) through 11 games. David Pastrnak has had a strong start to his season as well, scoring seven goals with three assists for ten points, however the Bruins need more scoring support, as the next highest scorers for the B’s only have four points (five players).