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PreGame Skate: Boston Bruins


Geoff Burke – US Presswire

The Buffalo Sabres need the momentum of their recent stretch to carry over into tonights game against the Boston Bruins

Boston still sits neatly atop the Northeast Division, but has struggled in their past few games before pulling off a victory over the Washington Capitals.  The Sabres are going to hope to capitalize on getting 7 out of a possible 8 points in their last four games, and the Bruins are lookoing to string back to back victories together. 
For the Boston Bruins, points are not at a premium, as they hold a 6 point advantage on the Toronto Maple Leafs for second place in the conference.  A division title is all but in the books for the Black and Gold as they look to enter the playoffs with home ice advantage as they attempt to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. 
If the Sabres are going to beat the Boston Bruins they are going to need to get offensive, and physical.  From a defensive standpoint, the Buffalo Sabres have done well against their opponents as of late, only allowing six goals in four games. 
For fans looking to have Lindy Ruff supplanted as head coach of this hockey team, tonight might be your chance at seeing the Buffalo Sabres without long time head man behind the bench as he might remain sidelined with broken ribs.  His assistant coaching staff will take the helm if that is the case.  It will still be Lindy’s system – and I have no doubt that he will have the opportunity to call the locker room for inspiration between periods, but the Sabres coach will not be in attendance as he recovers from the hit by Jordan Leopold. 
Points at a premium for the Buffalo Sabres, if they wish to continue to either stand still in the standings or move up, they have to figure out a way to beat the Boston Bruins.  Having played them twice, the Sabres are 0-2, and have been outscored 10-5.  Both of those meetings occured in November.  After tonight, the Sabres will still have three more meetings against the Bruins. 
Ryan Miller seems to have his confidence back, and surpassing Dominik Hasek as the leader in all time wins with the blue and gold should go along way with the former Vezina winner and Olympian.  How much room he can put between him and The Dominator will depend on whether or not the Buffalo Sabres make the playoffs in 2012. 


Tags: Boston Bruins Dominik Hasek Lindy Ruff Northeast Division Ryan Miller Stanley Cup Toronto Maple Leafs Washington Capitals

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