February 26, 2014

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Sabres

By Jesse Connolly

TEAM STATS

RECORD

STANDINGS

GOALS FOR

GOALS AGAINST

POWER PLAY

PENALTY KILL

 

37-16-4 (78 pts) 1st in Atlantic
2nd in East
3.07 (5th) 2.14 (2nd) 20.4% (8th) 83.0% (11th)
 
16-34-8 (40 pts) 8th in Atlantic
16th in East
1.84 (30th) 2.93 (23rd) 14.4% (24th) 82.4% (13th)

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS

ASSISTS

POINTS

+/-

PIM

WINS

GAA

SV%

 

Brad Marchand (19) David Krejci (37) David Krejci (50) Johnny Boychuk (+27)
Adam McQuaid (69) Tuukka Rask (25) Tuukka Rask (2.11) Tuukka Rask (.928)
      
Ennis, Hodgson (14) Christian Ehrhoff (21) Ennis, Hodgson (30) Chad Ruhwedel (+7) John Scott (85) Ryan Miller (15) Ryan Miller (2.72) Ryan Miller (.923)


SEASON SERIES

Oct. 23, 2013: Boston 5 @ Buffalo 2

Dec. 19, 2013: Boston 2 @ Buffalo 4

Dec. 21, 2013: Buffalo 1 @ Boston 4

Feb. 26, 2014: Boston @ Buffalo

Apr. 12, 2014: Buffalo @ Boston

 

PROJECTED LINEUP

IN NET

INJURIES

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Marchand - Bergeron - Smith
Kelly - Soderberg - Eriksson
Paille - Campbell - Thornton

Chara - Hamilton
Bartkowski - Boychuk
Krug - Miller 

Chad Johnson

Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL)
Adam McQuaid (leg) 


Moulson - Leino - Stafford
Ott - Hodgson - D'Agostini
Foligno - Flynn - Girgensons
McCormick - Konopka - Ellis

Myers - Tallinder
Sulzer - Ehrhoff
McBain - Weber 


Jhonas Enroth

Tyler Ennis (pain?)


NEWS & NOTES

* The B's are back in action for the first time since a 7-2, runaway win over the Sens at TD Garden Feb. 8. Boston finished up its pre-Olympic schedule on an 8-1-2 run.

* The Sabres ushered in the return of NHL hockey with a 3-2 win down in Carolina last night. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had two goals, including the game-winner. Ryan Miller, who helped Buffalo steal the win, will get the night off against Boston.

* Adam McQuaid will not be back in the lineup for Boston, as he remains sidelined with a leg injury despite having returned to practice last week.

* The Sabres' co-leading scorer, Tyler Ennis, will miss tonight's tilt. He got hit hard in the game against the 'Canes and is nursing some "general body soreness," according to coach Ted Nolan.

 

ON A ROLL

ICE COLD

FUN FACTS


Jarome Iginla (14 pts last 8 GP)

Carl Soderberg (7 pts last 7 GP)

Greg Campbell (1 pt last 10 GP)

Jordan Caron (0 pts last 23 GP)

* Johnny Boychuk ranks second in the NHL with a plus-27 rating. He's one of four Bruins in the top 10 in that category.

 

Christian Ehrhoff (3 pts last 2 GP)

Drew Stafford (4 pts last 2 GP)

Jamie McBain (0 pts last 7 GP)

Steve Ott (0 pts last 3 GP)

* Ted Nolan is 12-19-7 behind Buffalo's bench this season. He enters tonight's game with a .500 career coaching record (159-159-19-28).


WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* While the Bruins have been practicing since Feb. 20, there still remains the likelihood we'll see some rust in their game. Five of the B's kept busy overseas during the Olympic break, but most haven't seen game action in 18 days. The Sabres, meanwhile, got their feet wet last night, but had to travel home to Buffalo afterward. Opening up their post-Olympic schedule with back-to-back games may prove to have its pros and cons.

* Speaking of working out the cobwebs, Jhonas Enroth will get his second straight start in Buffalo's season series against the Black and Gold. The Swedish netminder didn't see a single second of ice time as Henrik Lundqvist's backup in Sochi. The Sabres are winless in his last 14 starts and 16 appearances overall, the last of which came Feb. 6 in Ottawa. Enroth has been downright dreadful at home, where he owns a 3.30 goals-against average (he's at 2.49 on the road).

* John Scott played on defense for the Sabres last night and was plus-1. However, he won't be in the lineup this evening. On behalf of Loui Eriksson's cranium: whew!

* Chad Johnson will look to keep the good times rolling against the worst offense in the National Hockey League. He's 1-1-0 this year against Buffalo with a 3.06 goals-against average, but Johnson enters the game riding a five-game winning streak.

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com