PreGame Skate: Boston Bruins

(Photo: Melissa Kania)

The oh-so-loved Boston Bruins are in town to face the Sabres in a 7:30 match-up tonight at First Niagara Center. This is the fourth time the division rivals have met this season, and it won’t be the last as there are two more games before the season ends between the teams.

There’s just a few roster changes for the Sabres, who haven’t played since a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Tuesday. Forward Brad Boyes is out tonight, and Corey Tropp has been recalled from Rochester. Boyes is day-to-day and coach Lindy Ruff said he could play tomorrow in New York. Cody McCormick is still out with an upper body injury.

For the Bruins, Nathan Horton has missed the last 12 games with a concussion. Rich Peverley also has a knee sprain.

In net, it’ll be Ryan Miller versus Tuukka Rask. Rask also started the last match-up between the two teams before being pulled in an eventual 6-0 Sabres win.

The Bruins are 36-20-2, while the Sabres are 26-27-7 on the season thus far.

Buffalo is on a two-game winning streak…. can they extend it out to three games before heading out on a seven-game road trip?

Forward Derek Roy and defenseman Tyler Myers are both on a four-game point streak. Thomas Vanek has scored in each of his last five games played against the Bruins, so it should prove interesting to see what he does tonight. Vanek’s career 46 points against Boston ranks him fifth among all active NHL skaters (behind just Jagr, Alfredsson, Koivu and Lecavalier.)

Fast Facts

  • Ville Leino and Tuukka Rask were both born in Savonlinna, Finland.
  • Brad Boyes was a Bruin from 2005-2007.
  • There’s a lot of familiar faces on the Boston team for Sabres defenseman Jordan Leopold. He played with Andrew Ference from 2002-2006 (CGY), Johnny Boychuk from 2007-2008 (COL), Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg from 2009-2010 (FLA).
  • Jhonas Enroth and Jason Pominville are the only Sabres to have dressed for every game this season.
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