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PreGame Skate: Boston Bruins

This weekend is going to be a very difficult test for the Buffalo Sabres.  While they have been playing better hockey as of late, they are still a mediocre team at best fighting for their lives in the bottom of the conference.  Not completely out of the playoff picture, but with such a small window this weekends games could help make them, or might just be the breaking point.

The top teams in the Eastern Conference make an appearance against the Sabres this weekend, starting with the Division leading Boston Bruins.

The lat time out, the Sabres rolled the Bruins to the tune of a 6-0 victory, with no one in black and gold showing up to play serious hockey.  The Sabres got under the skin of the Bruins quickly, and never let up on the gas.

The ability to score by both of these teams in there, with the six goal marker being reached twice, once by each team in a blowout victory over the opposing forces.  The other game was a closer 4-3 contest.  Despite slowing the game to a bore, the Buffalo Sabres need to lock teams up defensively in order to continue their current 2-0-1 point streak alive. 

With their win over the New York Islanders, the Sabres propelled themselves into 12th place, now just six points shy of a playoff spot.  The team were chasing now, the Florida Panthers.  It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking with the Panthers about being a surprise team and their off season overhaul vaulting them into the upper echelon of teams in the Eastern Conference.  Alas poor Panthers fans, your right back down fighting for your playoff lives as well.  The Sabres have games in hand against Toronto, Winnipeg, and Ottawa.

If hosting the Boston Bruins wasn’t hard enough for the Buffalo Sabres, after tonight’s contest the team travels across the state to face off against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardens. While the Bruins are locking up the Northeast, the Rangers are trying to lockup the number one overall position in the East, and are just four points off the league leading Detroit Red Wings.

It’s a 7:30 contest tonight.

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Tags: Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Detroit Red Wings New York Rangers

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