May 14, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) leads his team off the ice after their 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in game seven of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Bruins: Buffalo Sabres Opponent Outlook

The Boston Bruins are one of the Buffalo Sabres oldest and most dangerous rivals.  Last season the Bruins took the league by force, finishing first overall in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, and ended up as winners of the President’s Trophy as the best team in the league during the regular season.

Boston ended the year with 117 points, with a 54-19-9 record.

The struggle for the Boston Bruins this year will be to replace the losses they suffered this past off-season, which include RW Jarome Iginla, RW Shawn Thornton, D Andrej Meszaros, and G Chad Johnson.

Boston has no problem replacing players currently, with a strong attraction for free agents to play in Beantown, and a strong pipeline of players that includes a prospect list with the Providence Bruins, who have received an extension as the AHL top affiliate of the Boston Bruins.

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The big bad bruins remain to be the team to beat in the Eastern Conferece, despite their second round exit from last year’s playoffs.

The Bruins will likely challenge for top in the Eastern Conference again this year, and will easily make the playoffs for the eighth straight season – coinciding with the eight season with Claude Julien behind the bench.

With Ryan Miller no longer on the team, the whole Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller issue will hopefully become a moot point, despite the fact of it really being a non-factor since the Buffalo Sabres have long since been able to answer that bell.  Buffalo has other interests to protect now, and without John Scott in the lineup, may end up allowing Patrick Kaleta and Cody McCormick plenty of ice time to keep players away from the likes of the crease, and guys like Sam Reinhart.

A full on review of the Boston Bruins 2014-2015 can be found here.

Last season the Buffalo Sabres fell in the season series with the Boston Bruins 2-3, with one of their victories coming from overtime.

This season the the Sabres and Bruins play only four times, with two of those meetings come in the first month of the season.  The Bruins will visit First Niagara Center on October 18th, but won’t return to the Nickel City until almost the final days of the season on March 17.

Buffalo visits the Boston Bruins to end the month of October (Oct 30) and visit the TD Gardens again before the end of the year with a game on December 21st.

The regular season will seem like a bother to the Boston Bruins, who want to get back into the playoffs to avenge their second round loss to the Montreal Canadiens, and looking for a bid to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since losing to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-2013.

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