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Sabres and Bruins meet on deadline eve to wrap up the season series

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

Game #63

Buffalo Sabres (18-33-11) vs. Boston Bruins (37-14-8)

Season Series: 2-1 Sabres

10/21: Sabres 5 | Bruins 4 (OT)

12/19: Bruins 3 | Sabres 0 (recap)

2/10: Sabres 4 | Bruins 2 (recap)

Puck drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Bruins blog: Stanley Cup of Chowder

What to Watch

1. Deadline

Last night Evander Kane was held out with a trade on the horizon by tomorrow afternoon. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone else is scratched tonight to protect their trade assets.

2. Early Game Struggles

The Sabres enter tonight 0-7 in games that start before 7 pm EST. With the 5 PM start tonight we’ll see if they can get their first early game win of the season.

Know Your Opponent

1. Rick Nash

The Bruins pulled off a big trade acquiring Rick Nash from the New York Rangers. They traded Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Ryan Lindgren, a 2018 first round pick and 2019 seventh round pick. There’s a chance that Nash plays tonight against the Sabres.

2. Patrice Bergeron

Bergeron left Toronto last night in a walking boot after blocking a shot in the Bruins loss to the Leafs. He’s considered a game-time decision tonight.

Projected Lineup (unconfirmed)

67 Benoit Pouliot - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 23 Sam Reinhart

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 22 Johan Larsson - 29 Jason Pominville

13 Nick Baptiste - 10 Jacob Josefson - 17 Jordan Nolan

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

6 Marco Scandella - 8 Casey Nelson

4 Josh Gorges - 93 Victor Antipin

Starting Goaltender: 31 Chad Johnson