NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 13th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (31-31-6-2) at Boston Bruins (34-16-14-7), 12 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins will look to extend their unbeaten streak to five games this afternoon, when they close out a home-and-home set with the Buffalo Sabres at the FleetCenter.
Boston is 3-0-1 in its last four contests, including a 3-2 overtime victory over the Sabres on Thursday at HSBC Arena. The Bruins have climbed to the top of the Northeast by a point over Toronto and Ottawa. Toronto plays Montreal today, while Ottawa battles Vancouver.
Mike Knuble lit the lamp just 1:15 into the extra frame to lift the Bruins past Buffalo Thursday. Knuble has registered 20 goals this season and 100 in his career.
Jiri Slegr and Martin Lapointe each registered a third period goal in the contest. Michael Nylander tallied three assists for the Bruins, who won for the seventh time when trailing after two periods (7-16-2-2).
Boston goaltender Felix Potvin made 18 saves in the contest. For the year, Potvin is 11-7-6 between the pipes.
Boston defenseman Andy Delmore, acquired from Buffalo on Tuesday just before the trade deadline, was a healthy scratch. Delmore is playing for his fourth team in the last four seasons.
The Bruins have registered a point in four consecutive home tilts (2-0-1-1). For the year, Boston owns a 14-9-8-2 record at the FleetCenter.
The Sabres were able to escape with a point after a wild ending to the contest, which saw Miroslav Satan even the score with 25 seconds left in regulation. J.P. Dumont also scored for the Sabres, who have picked up a point in four of their last five games (2-1-0-2).
Martin Biron was solid in net for Buffalo, stopping 29 shots. Biron is 20-15-5 between the pipes on the year.
Buffalo is currently ninth in the Eastern Conference, but still within six points of the eighth place New York Islanders.
Buffalo, which has four of its next five contests on the road, has won two straight tilts on foreign ice. On the season, the Sabres own a 13-19-2-0 road mark.
Boston has won two straight and four of five meetings between these teams this season. The Bruins have five of six and eight of the past 11 meetings in this series overall. Buffalo is just 1-5-1 in its last seven trips to Beantown.
03/13 10:08:45 ET