The Buffalo Sabres (21-50-9) take to the ice on the road for the final time in the 2013-2014 season, their final road opponent, the Boston Bruins (53-18-9). While the Buffalo Sabres have their eyes set on Tuesday for the draft lottery, they haven’t given up on the season just yet. Unless the Boston Bruins come out of the gate and crush the spirit of the Sabres early – it should be a competitive game.
The Boston Bruins have clinched the Eastern Conference, so there is little for them to play for, they have secured home ice advantage through to the at least the Stanley Cup Finals. They have a limited lead on the Presidents Trophy, and would like to add to that lead to ensure home ice throughout. A win against the Buffalo Sabres clinches the President’s Trophy for the Bruins.
The Bruins have not won the Presidents Trophy since the 1989-1990 season.
Despite the major disparity between the Sabres and Bruins the season series between the two teams is a wash, to be decided today by the fifth and final game of the series. Each team has a road win and a home victory. This is the 273rd all time meeting between the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins. Buffalo has a 46-69-19 record in Boston.
The Buffalo Sabres may have iced the most goalies they will this season at five, but when Connor Knapp takes his rightful place on the bench tonight, he will be the ninth goalie to dress this season for Buffalo – setting an NHL record for most goalies dressed in a single season. They are currently tied with the 2009-2010 Anaheim Ducks with eight goalies.
This is the final home game of the season for the Boston Bruins. They travel after the game to New Jersey to play the Devils on Sunday, while the Sabres return home to host the New York Islanders.