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Sabres vs. Bruins preview: Time for a playoff push?

It’s less ridiculous than it sounds.

Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images

Game #35

Buffalo Sabres (13-13-8) vs. Boston Bruins (18-15-4)

Puck drop: 7 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, New York

TV: MSG-B, NESN, Free NHL Gamecenter game | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Three Questions

1. Can the offense stay explosive?

The Sabres scored four goals against the Detroit Red Wings in their last game despite being without Ryan O’Reilly. Can the Sabres keep that success going, and will Evander Kane once again drive the offense?

2. Can Sam Reinhart stay hot?

Sam Reinhart is riding a four-game point streak, scoring his eighth goal of the season against the Red Wings.

3. Will the Sabres end 2016 on a high note?

The Sabres are sitting at 13-13-8 with two games remaining this year against the Boston Bruins. Buffalo is six points back of Boston, who sits in the third spot in the Atlantic Division and in playoff position. As tough as the Sabres have looked at points this season, Buffalo could get close to the playoffs with two wins.

Projected BUF Lines

82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 26 Matt Moulson

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 23 Sam Reinhart - 21 Kyle Okposo

9 Evander Kane - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta

44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 27 Derek Grant - 48 William Carrier

29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

4 Josh Gorges - 47 Zach Bogosian

6 Cody Franson - 41 Justin Falk

Goal: 40 Robin Lehner