NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, November 7th
(All times eastern)
Boston Bruins (7-5-1) at Buffalo Sabres (5-7-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of struggling clubs will meet tonight in Buffalo, as
the Sabres host the Boston Bruins in a Northeast Division battle from HSBC
The Sabres, last year's Northeast champions, have dropped three straight and
six of their last eight contests and are currently last in the division with
just 11 points.
Buffalo's most recent setback came Monday night in Montreal as Cristobal Huet
saved all 29 shots he saw to lead the Canadiens to a 2-0 victory at the Bell
Ryan Miller saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced in net for Buffalo, but the
Sabres would never solve Huet at the other end.
Buffalo is playing the first of back-to-back home tests tonight and is 3-3-0
as the host team this season. The Sabres will also welcome Toronto to town on
Meanwhile, the Bruins have dropped two in a row and four of their last six
contests. Boston had won four straight in mid-October, but followed that up
with the current 2-3-1 stretch.
Boston's last two losses came in a home-and-home sweep at the hands of the
Ottawa Senators. The Bruins hosted the Sens in the finale on Sunday and were
handed a close loss. Daniel Alfredsson scored the deciding goal in the
shootout and Martin Gerber stopped both Boston chances to lead Ottawa to a 2-1
Alfredsson beat Tim Thomas with a short-side wrister to begin the round. After
Chuck Kobasew missed on the Bruins' first chance, Antoine Vermette slipped a
backhander through Thomas' pads. Gerber then prevented Phil Kessel's try to
extend the shootout by stopping his chance with a right-pad save.
Kobasew scored for the Bruins, while Thomas took the loss despite allowing
only one goal on 36 regulation shots.
Thomas has been excellent for Boston this season with a .949 save percentage
and 1.65 goals-against average in nine contests.
The Bruins are 3-4-0 as the visiting team this year, and, after tonight, the
club will begin a three-game homestand. Boston will open the stretch at TD
Banknorth Garden with Thursday's test against Montreal.
Boston posted a home win over the Sabres on November 1, but Buffalo has still
taken four of six, seven of 10 and 13 of the last 17 encounters. The Bruins
have also tasted defeat in seven of their last eight trips to HSBC Arena.
11/07 10:36:23 ET