Buffalo Sabres have a chance to take advantage of the struggling Bruins on National TV

It’s been a minute since the Buffalo Sabres beat the Boston Bruins twice in a single season, but they have a chance to pull that off tonight.
Dec 7, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) controls the
Dec 7, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) controls the / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With their game shifting to highlight their strengths with the puck, or better yet, shifting back to that mentality, the Buffalo Sabres are putting themselves in a good position to put their best game forward tonight vs. the Boston Bruins

If the Sabres beat Boston tonight, it will mark the first time the Blue and Gold have gotten the best of the Bruins in the same season since February 10th and February 25th, 2018. To put things into perspective, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights were an expansion team that year. 

But tonight is the best chance the Sabres have had to win back-to-back games vs. the Bruins since then. Boston is struggling, having gone 0-2-2 in their last four, and 2-3-3 in their last seven. While things haven’t looked great for the Sabres, they are 4-3-2 following their 0-3-0 start to December, so they are trending in the right direction.

Buffalo Sabres may finally get a winning streak going over their rival

Despite Boston’s recent struggles this season, they are still one of the NHL’s best teams and are still clinging to first-place in the Atlantic Division with 44 points. That said, however, the Sabres have made a living this season centered around pulling off major upsets against top-ranked teams, or at least playing them well on most nights. 

They are coming off of a narrow loss to the New York Rangers in a game that Casey Mittelstadt could, and probably should, have put away in overtime. But nevertheless, the Blue and Gold skated away from MSG with a point and despite the loss, the game still carried the vibe of a momentum builder. 

The Buffalo Sabres can take that momentum and their rediscovered aggressive approach on offense into tonight’s game on national television, and perhaps hand Boston yet another L on what is becoming a season of turbulence for a team that seemingly picked up where they left off last season. It’s a huge opportunity for the Sabres tonight, and they must realize and subsequently take advantage. 


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