NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 15th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (16-8-4) at Buffalo Sabres (12-14-4), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Boston Bruins have yet to lose in regulation this month
and the B's will try to keep that streak alive tonight, when they visit the
Buffalo Sabres for a Northeast Division clash at HSBC Arena.
Boston lost an overtime decision to Philadelphia on Saturday, but the Bruins
still enter tonight with a 4-0-2 record and Claude Julien's club hasn't been
defeated in regulation since Nov. 28 in Atlanta.
The Bruins have lost three of their last five road games, but they are a solid
9-3-1 as the visiting club on the season. Boston will play in Montreal
tomorrow before returning to TD Garden for a three-game homestand.
Boston lost in dramatic fashion to the Flyers on Saturday as Mike Richards
scored with three seconds left in overtime to deliver a 2-1 victory for
Marc Savard turned the puck over on Richards' game-winning goal, adding to his
rough start to the season.
"I just, you know, I just threw it back to the point and obviously, it was my
fault there," said Savard about his gaffe. "I just thought [Dennis] Seidenberg
was back there and he was in the middle more, so I just made a bad play."
Savard made his season debut on Dec. 2 after missing the first two months of
the season with post-concussion syndrome. He has just one assist and is a
minus-3 in five games since returning.
Nathan Horton scored the lone goal on Saturday for the Bruins and Tim Thomas
took the loss despite making 31 saves.
Rookie forward Tyler Seguin missed Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms, but
could be back in the lineup tonight.
The Sabres will try to bounce back from their first regulation loss of the
month when they take the ice tonight. Buffalo began December with a 3-0-1
mark, but was then dealt a 5-2 loss Saturday by the visiting Pittsburgh
Jason Pominville and Tyler Ennis each had a goal for the Sabres, while Ryan
Miller was tagged for four goals on 23 shots.
"We lost, we weren't good enough out there," said Buffalo head coach Lindy
Ruff. "We had some costly turnovers out there. We created turnovers that we
didn't finish. Give them credit, they took advantage of their turnovers. We
weren't good enough."
Ruff hopes to have one of his offensive weapons back tonight as forward Tim
Connolly aims to return after missing the previous eight games with a groin
injury. Connolly, who has five goals and eight assists this year, is
questionable for tonight.
Sabres forward Drew Stafford has missed the last four games with an upper-body
injury and is also questionable for tonight.
Boston is 2-0 against the Sabres this year and the Bruins notched a 3-2
overtime victory when the clubs met in Beantown on Dec. 7. Mark Recchi scored
the game-winner in that contest and the 42-year-old winger has 26 goals and 71
points in 85 career games against Buffalo.
The Bruins have won three straight and four out of five against the Sabres
overall and Boston has taken three of its last four games in western New York.
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