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Sunday, March 30th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (40-28-10) at Buffalo Sabres (36-30-12), 6 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins will try to improve their playoff standing by posting their fourth straight win tonight, as they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Boston has 90 points on the year and is holding on to the eighth and final postseason berth in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins are two points ahead of ninth-seed Washington and just one point in back of Philadelphia and the New York Rangers. The Rangers play today against Pittsburgh, while the Flyers and Capitals are off.

The Sabres, meanwhile, have seen their postseason chances all but disappear as they are six points behind Boston with just four games to play.

The Bruins were in action Saturday and notched a decisive victory over visiting Ottawa. Tim Thomas made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season to help Boston earn a huge two points with a 4-0 win at TD Banknorth Garden.

David Krejci had a goal and two assists while Marco Sturm added a goal and an assist for the Bruins.

Thomas has played extremely well down the stretch for Boston, as he has surrendered two goals or less in six of his last seven outings. The veteran netminder is 27-18-5 on the season with a .921 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average.

The Bruins played their third straight game without leading scorer Marc Savard in the lineup. Savard, who has 78 points (15 goals, 63 assists), has been sidelined with a back injury and is not expected to play in tonight's test.

The Sabres have lost three of their last four games and are coming off Friday's overtime setback to visiting Montreal. Christopher Higgins scored with 1:22 left in OT to lift the Canadiens to a 4-3 decision at HSBC Arena.

Montreal trailed 3-1 late in the third, but Tomas Plekanec scored twice in the final 2:31 of regulation to force the extra session.

Drew Stafford, Nathan Paetsch and Daniel Paille each lit the lamp for the Sabres, while Ryan Miller made 25 saves in the loss.

The Sabres are playing their final home game of the regular season today, as they'll close out their schedule on a three-game road trip. Buffalo is 19-15-6 as the hosts this year, but has lost three straight and seven of its last nine on home ice.

Boston is 4-2 against the Sabres this year, but Buffalo has still taken six of 11 and nine of the last 15 encounters between the clubs. The Bruins have won two straight in Buffalo, but has also lost eight of 11 at HSBC Arena.

The clubs will wrap up the season series and their regular-season schedules April 5 in Boston.

03/30 10:42:10 ET

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