NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 9th (All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (24-22-11) at Buffalo Sabres (32-18-7), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With a lengthy losing streak finally behind them, the Boston Bruins will try for another win when they visit the struggling Buffalo Sabres for tonight's Northeast Division battle at HSBC Arena.
The Bruins ended their slide at 10 games by posting a road victory Sunday in Montreal. Boston, which picked up its first win since January 14, avoided tying the franchise record for consecutive losses set from December 3, 1924- January 5, 1925.
Buffalo, meanwhile, has lost its last four games and is now just one point ahead of Ottawa for first place in the Northeast Division. The Senators are in action tonight against visiting Calgary.
The Bruins notched a 3-0 win over the Habs on Sunday as Tuukka Rask posted 36 saves for his third shutout of the season.
"I thought we played some good hockey today," said Rask. "You try to be there and frustrate the other team. I especially try to not let any weak shots in. They had some good chances in the second, but we defended well and I was able to make some saves."
Marco Sturm scored twice while Adam McQuaid also notched a goal for the Bruins, who are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference playoff race and two points out of a postseason spot.
Boston forward David Krejci suffered an undisclosed injury against the Canadiens and was unable to finish the game. Krejci, who is tied for third on the Bruins with 30 points, is questionable for tonight.
The Bruins are making the second stop on a four-game road trip tonight, Boston, which is 11-10-5 as the guest this year, will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers to complete this swing.
The Sabres have dropped four straight in regulation, tying the club's longest losing streak of the 2009-10 campaign. Buffalo hasn't dropped five in a row since November 14-22 of last season.
Buffalo's most recent setback came Saturday in Columbus as Steve Mason stopped 28 shots to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-0 victory at Nationwide Arena.
The Sabres were shut out for the fourth time this year and for the first time since December 16 in Ottawa.
Patrick Lalime stopped 21 shots for Buffalo, which has also lost eight of 10 overall. Ryan Miller is expected to get the start tonight and is 15-5-5 in his career against the Bruins.
Buffalo is 18-7-5 as the host this year, but has lost two straight and three of five in western New York.
Boston has taken two of three meetings with the Sabres this year and the clubs have split a pair of encounters at HSBC Arena. Buffalo has won seven of the last 11 matchups overall and the Bruins have lost seven of the last 10 road tests in this series.
02/09 10:40:09 ET