Sabres Host Bruins to Open Home-and-Home
Sabres try to start fresh after their holiday break.
Buffalo Sabres (17-14-7) vs. Boston Bruins (22-7-9)
Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Know Your Opponent
Record: (22-7-9) | 53 PTS
Last 10: 2-4-4
Division Ranking: 1st in Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 2nd in Eastern Conference
PP: 3rd (26.4%)
PK: 4th (84.0%)
What to Watch
1. A Return from Break
The Sabres are finally set and ready to return from the holiday break, and tonight’s game is the first of a home-and-home with the Bruins. Friday’s game is the second of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the Sabres are 4-5-1 in their last ten games against Boston. They’ve won just one of the last 10 meetings at home.
2. Jack Eichel is Good at Hockey
We all know Jack Eichel is good at hockey, but he’s also particularly good against the Bruins. Eichel has five points, including a pair of goals, in his last three games against Boston.
Overall, Eichel has recorded 16 points since the beginning of December, which ranks him third among all NHL players. He notched his 50th point of the season back on December 17, making him the first Sabres player to reach 50 points in 35 or fewer games since 1992-93.
3. Home Sweet Home
The Sabres have won their last five home games, outscoring their opponents 25-12 in that stretch. Their plus-19 goal differential on home ice is tied for third-best in the league. After tonight’s game, the Sabres hit the road to Boston on Sunday before closing out the calendar year against the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on New Year’s Eve. That game will kick off a three-game homestead for Buffalo.
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jimmy Vesey - Marcus Johansson - Rasmus Asplund
Jeff Skinner - Evan Rodrigues - Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons - Marcus Johansson - Kyle Okposo
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Colin Miller - Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - David Pastrnak
Jake DeBrusk - David Krejci - Danton Heinen
Sean Kuraly - Charlie Coyle - Anders Bjork
Joakim Nordstrom - Par Lindholm - Brett Ritchie
John Moore - Charlie McAvoy
Steve Kampfer - Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk - Connor Clifton
Starting Goaltender: Tuukka Rask