NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 3rd
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (18-15-5) at Boston Bruins (29-5-4), 1 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The blazing Boston Bruins will aim for their 11th straight
victory when they welcome the Buffalo Sabres for this afternoon's Northeast
Division battle at TD Banknorth Garden.
The Bruins, who lead the NHL with 62 points, picked up consecutive wins Nos. 9
and 10 by sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins in a recent home-and-home series.
Boston will now aim for its first 11-game winning streak since rattling off 13
straight wins from February 23-March 20, 1971. The club record for consecutive
victories is 14 and was set during the 1929-30 campaign.
The Bruins outscored Pittsburgh by a combined score of 9-4 in the home-and-
home set. After recording a 5-2 decision in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, the Bruins
came back two days later to notch a 4-2 home victory over the Penguins.
Marc Savard and P.J. Axelsson each had a goal and an assist to help Boston
earn the New Year's Day win at the Garden.
David Krejci and Milan Lucic had a goal apiece for the Bruins and Krejci
extended his point streak to 10 games -- the longest current stretch in the
NHL. The 22-year-old Czech forward has six goals and 11 assists during the run
and has also recorded a point in 19 of his last 20 games.
Manny Fernandez made 30 saves in the win and improved to 13-2-1 this season.
Tim Thomas, who is 16-3-3 this year, is expected to be back between the pipes
Boston, which is playing the second test of a six-game homestand today, has
not lost at home since October 23 and has won 14 straight as the host. The
Bruins' club record of 20 straight home wins was also set during the 1929-30
The Sabres, meanwhile, began 2009 on a positive note as they recorded a 4-1
winning decision in Toronto on New Year's Day. Derek Roy had two goals and an
assist to lead Buffalo to victory at Air Canada Centre.
Jason Pominville had two goals while Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek each had
two assists for the Sabres, who had lost four of five coming into the game.
Ryan Miller made 27 saves in the win and improved to 16-10-4 this season.
The Sabres, who trail Boston by 21 points for the Northeast Division lead, are
8-6-3 as the visiting team this season.
Buffalo has held its own against the Bruins this year, as the two clubs have
split four meetings so far. The Sabres have taken four of six overall in the
series, but has dropped two straight and four of six in Boston.
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