December 21, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Sabres

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

23-10-2 (48 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
2.71 (11th) 2.06 (2nd) 19.2% (11th) 86.5% (4th)
 
19-23-3 (21 pts) 8th in Atlantic
16th in East
1.69 (30th) 2.86 (22nd) 13.0% (27th) 80.9% (21st)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Milan Lucic (11) David Krejci (23) David Krejci (29) Jaorme Iginla (+13)
Shawn Thornton (41) Tuukka Rask (17) Tuukka Rask (1.90) Tuukka Rask (.934)
   
Cody Hodgson (8) Cody Hodgson (11)
Cody Hodgson (19)
Alex Sulzer (+2) John Scott (44) Ryan Miller (8) Jhonas Enroth (2.60) Ryan Miller (.922)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 23, 2013: Boston 5 @ Buffalo 2

Dec. 19, 2013: Boston 2 @ Buffalo 4

Dec. 21, 2013: Buffalo @ Boston

Feb. 26, 2014: Boston @ Buffalo

Apr. 12, 2014: Buffalo @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Soderberg - Spooner - Fraser
Johnson - Campbell - Caron 

Chara - Krug
Seidenberg - Bartkowski
Boychuk - Warsofsky

Tuukka Rask

Loui Eriksson (concussion)
Daniel Paille (concussion)
Adam McQuaid (lower body)
Shawn Thornton (suspension)
Chris Kelly (fractured fibula)
Dougie Hamilton (lower body) 


Foligno - Ennis - D'Agostini
Moulson - Leino - Girgensons
Omark - Ott - Stafford
Flynn - Porter - Ellis

Tallinder - Myers
Ehrhoff - Sulzer
McBain - Weber 


Ryan Miller

Cody Hodgson (upper body)
Cody McCormick (upper body) 


NEWS & NOTES

* After a bounce-back win over the Flames, the Bruins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Sabres in Buffalo on Thursday night. The Sabres are dead last in the East.

* Boston isn't expected to see any of their injured players return to the lineup in this one.

* First-line center Cody Hodgson left Thursday's game early with an upper-body injury. He'll be out for up to three weeks. Newly-acquired forward Linus Omark will take his spot in the lineup. The projection above is a guess as to how the Sabres' lines will shake out sans Hodgson.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (4 pts last 4 GP)

David Krejci (8 pts last 7 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 15 GP)

Matt Bartkowski (0 pts last 8 GP)

* Nick Johnson's first penalty in the National Hockey League came on Feb. 1, 2010 against Buffalo in what was his sixth career game. Johnson was guilty of holding former Sabre Paul Gaustad. Derek Roy scored on the power play.


Marcus Foligno (3 pts last 2 GP)

Christian Ehrhoff (3 pts last 3 GP)

Matt Moulson (2 pts last 8 GP)

Zemgus Girgensons (1 pt last 4 GP)

*Ville Leino had seven points for Philadelphia in their seven-game series against the Bruins during the 2010 playoffs. The oft-injured forward has just 12 points over the last two seasons, as he appeared in just eight games last year and has missed another 13 in 2013-14.


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* The Bruins were in the driver's seat during the first half of this home-and-home set, but things went awry late when Chad Johnson allowed a bad wraparound goal to Drew Stafford in the closing minutes of an eventual 4-2 win for the Sabres. Things should go a little differently this time around with the B's No. 1 netminder back between the pipes. Rask is 11-3-2 on home ice this season with a 1.60 goals-against average and two shutouts. However, it should be noted that the Finnish goaltender is 0-2-1 in his last three starts against the Sabres. In his lone appearance against Buffalo last season, he allowed six goals. Thankfully Thomas Vanek is no longer a member of the Blue and Gold.

* We're six games into the Bruins run with a multitude of non-regulars in the lineup. Boston's 4-2 during that stretch, and that's what matters most, but it'd be great to get some production from these fill-ins. Ryan Spooner leads the pack with one point. Nick Johnson, Jordan Caron and Matt Fraser have yet to chip in offensively. Ryan Miller's been playing a lot better of late, but he's 2-7-0 on the road with a 3.11 goals-against average. The Sabres give up a ton of shots. Hopefully one of the kids up from Providence can pot one tonight.

* After a two-goal game on Thursday, let's see if Brad Marchand can put on an impressive encore performance. No. 63 will be looking for just his fourth point streak of the season. He's picked up a goal or an assist in back-to-back contests three times this season, but hasn't been able to do it in three straight as of yet.

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Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com