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Sabres at Bruins preview: Goodbye, 2016

On the final day of the year, the Sabres get a chance to face the Bruins yet again.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game #36

Buffalo Sabres (13-14-8) at Boston Bruins (19-15-4)

Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | TD Garden | Boston, MA

TV: MSG-B, NESN | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Two Questions

1. Will Justin Bailey play anywhere but the fourth line?

Bailey is back thanks to a hand injury to William Carrier, but will start the game on the fourth line. For a team that still is in desperate need of some speed up front, it would be nice to see Bailey get some time on the second or third lines today.

2. Can the Sabres find any kind of sustained, period-to-period stretch of good play?

Two days ago when the Sabres hosted Boston, they got out to a screaming start in the first period, going up 2-0 and looking like the dominant team. And then everything turned in the second, and the Sabres could get anything going over the final two periods. They’ll need to find a way to not lose momentum during the intermission if they want to win tonight.

Projected BUF Lines

82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 26 Matt Moulson
28 Zemgus Girgensons - 23 Sam Reinhart - 21 Kyle Okposo
Evander Kane - 22 Johan Larsson - 12 Brian Gionta
44 Nicolas Deslauriers - 27 Derek Grant - 56 Justin Bailey

77 Dmitry Kulikov - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
29 Jake McCabe - 47 Zach Bogosian
Josh Gorges - 41 Justin Falk

Goal: 40 Robin Lehner