In what is probably the safest of the three back to back games so far for the Buffalo
Sabres (9-23-3), they skate into TD Gardens today to take on the Boston Bruins (23-10-2). Sparks flew at the end of game one between the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Ottawa Senators – but the end of the Boston game came with little extra fanfare.
At stake for Buffalo are almost huge stakes. While yes, Boston is the best team in the division right now, they are coming off of Thursday’s 4-2 loss to the same Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo is looking for their first three game winning streak, and just their tenth win of the season. The win on Thursday made it two in a row in regulation, a first for this team this year. A win today would tie them with the New York Islanders for fewest wins by a team so far this year. The Sabres are 46-68-19 on the road against the Bruins.
This will be the third meeting of the division rivals, out of five listed on the schedule. So far things are locked up 1-1.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres tonight is newly acquired Linus Omark, acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers during Thursday nights game. Omark will wear number 17. Interim head coach Ted Nolan is not sure where in the lineup he will play, but if the kid comes with effort, you can be sure Ted Nolan will find a way to put him on the ice.
Boston will be looking to split the home and home games; not happy with the loss they sustained on Thursday. It was only their tenth regulation loss of the season.
Game time at the Gardens tonight is 7PM – it will be interesting to see what the ice conditions will be like, as the Boston Celtics are playing at the Gardens today at 1.