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Sabres get the 2018-19 season underway tonight when they host the Bruins

NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game 1

Buffalo Sabres (0-0-0) vs Boston Bruins (0-1-0)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG-B and NESN

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Bruins Blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

Know Your Opponent

Boston Bruins

Record: (0-1-0) | 0 PTS

Last 10: 0-1-0

Division Ranking: 8th in the Atlantic

Conference Ranking: 16th in the Eastern Conference

PP: N/A

PK: N/A

What to Watch

1. Starting off Strong

The Sabres have not won the first game of their season since January, 20 2013, when they beat the Philadelphia Flyers to open the lockout shortened season. They’ll look to change that tonight when they host the Bruins and set the tone for a good start to the season. We’ll see what kind of mood the Bruins are in after getting rolled 7-0 last night.

2. Early Advantages

There will be a lot working in the Sabres favor tonight. The Bruins are coming to Buffalo after playing the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals last night in D.C.. The Bruins will be starting their backup goaltender Jaroslav Halak and will be without one of their top defenders, Torey Krug.

3. New Season, New Team

We’ll get our first glimpse at all the new pieces on the ice at the same time tonight. It’ll be interesting to see how the team plays with nine new players in the lineup. If nothing else, hopefully the hockey will be enjoyable to watch.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Jeff Skinner- Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary - Patrik Berglund - Tage Thompson

Vladimir Sobotka - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Zemgus Girgensons - Evan Rodrigues - Jason Pominville

Defense

Marco Scandella- Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Dahlin

Nathan Beaulieu - Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton

Boston Bruins

Forwards

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Danton Heinen

Ryan Donato - Sean Kuraly - David Backes

Joakim Nordstrom - Noel Acciari - Chris Wagner

Defense

Zdeno Chara - Charlie McAvoy

John Moore - Brandon Carlo

Matt Grzelcyk - Kevan Miller

Starting Goaltender: Jaroslav Halak