Buffalo Sabres (19-9-5) vs Boston Bruins (17-11-4)
Puck Drop: 5:00 PM | TD Garden | Boston, MA
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Bruins blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder
Know Your Opponent
Record: (17-11-4) | 38 points
Last 10: 5-5-0
Division Ranking: 5th in the Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 6th in the Eastern Conference
PP: 6th (25.7%)
PK: 24th (76.8%)
What to watch for
1. Injury woes on the blueline
The Sabres could certainly use some help on the blueline. They’re already missing Jake McCabe; Nathan Beaulieu left yesterday’s game with injury and didn’t return, so it’s unclear if he’ll be in the lineup tonight. Matt Tennyson was, well..... not good. Lawrence Pilut went on IR Sunday. Casey Nelson remains on IR.
That being said, it’s expected that Matt Hunwick will make his season debut today in Boston. Hunwick was recalled yesterday from his conditioning stint with the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
The Sabres also recalled Brendan Guhle ahead of Sunday’s game.
2. It’s (likely) Ullmark time
With Hutton playing last night in Washington, it’s likely that Linus Ullmark will get the nod in net for the Sabres this evening. The 25-year-old is 6-1-0-3 this season with a 3.03 GAA .912 save percentage.
3. Boston’s big guns
The Sabres won’t have to worry about Zdeno Chara or Patrice Bergeron in this evening’s game, but they will have to deal with David Pastrnak, who has 39 points in 21 games this season. Other notable names: Brad Marchand (33 points in 32 games) and David Krejci (27 points in 32 games).
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Evan Rodrigues
Tage Thompson - Vladimir Sobotka - Jason Pominville
Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian
Marco Scandella - Rasmus Ristolainen
Brendan Guhle - Matt Tennyson (unconfirmed)
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark (unconfirmed)
Brad Marchand–David Krejci–David Pastrnak
Joakim Nordstrom–Colby Cave–David Backes
Ryan Donato–Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson–Danton Heinen
Sean Kuraly–Noel Acciari–Chris Wagner
Torey Krug–Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk–Charlie McAvoy
John Moore–Steven Kampfer
Starting Goaltender: Jaroslav Halak (unconfirmed)