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Bruins at Sabres preview
Posted By DJ Bean On December 15, 2010 @ 12:14 am In General | No Comments
The Bruins will take on the Sabres for the third time this season as the two teams face off in Buffalo on Wednesday night. The Bruins have points in their last six games (4-0-2) and have taken both of their meetings with the Sabres. Their most recent win over Buffalo came last Tuesday when Mark Recchi  tipped a Dennis Seidenberg  shot past Ryan Miller  to give the B’s a 3-2 win in overtime.
Tuukka Rask  was first off the ice for the Bruins, an indication he’ll be between the pipes come game time.
WHERE IT’S AT
– The Sabres are a sub-.500 hockey team (12-14-4) because of their struggles at home. Nine of their 14 losses this season have come in Buffalo, as they’ve posted a 6-9-1 record at HSBC Arena. They are 3-3-0 in their last six home games.
– The Bruins remain a more dangerous team when playing away from TD Garden. They’ve posted a 9-3-1 road record. They took a shootout loss to the Maple Leafs in their last road game.
– Fighting majors aside, the Bruins have been avoiding the penalty box as of late. They had just one penalty in both Saturday’s game and last Tuesday’s Buffalo game, both of which contests went into overtime. The B’s are 15th in the league in penalty minutes per game (12.9), though that is helped by their 26 majors, a number that puts them fifth in the league despite tying seven teams for playing the least amount of games.
– Milan Lucic  is on pace for 44 goals. Does anybody truly see him as a 40-goal-scorer? Variables such as empty netters and a couple softies have been on his side thus far, so while he may eventually slow down, he still figures the finish the season as the team’s top goal-scorer if he remains healthy.
– David Krejci  has three points (all assists) against the Sabres this year. He’s only had three points against one other club, and he knocked that out in one game when he scored two goals and tallied an assist in the team’s 8-1 win over the Lightning. Krejci is also on a three-game point steak that began with his two assists last Saturday against the Sabres.
– Marc Savard  and Tyler Seguin  have combined for just two points — an assist apiece — since Savard made his return to the lineup on Dec. 2. One would have to assume the two will get going and that Seguin will eventually be big asset for Savard, but it simply hasn’t happened yet.
Savard’s ice time has generally been anywhere from 13:15 to 16:26, and he’s averaged 15:01 per night.
– Here’s a totally useless and hardly telling stat from the good ol’ WEEI.com stat truck: The Bruins have won the first game of a three-in-four stretch every time this year. In those games, they’ve grabbed wins in Buffalo (5-2 on Nov. 3), Pittsburgh (7-4 on Nov. 10), New York (3-2 over the Rangers on Nov. 17), and Philadelphia (3-0 on Dec. 1).
STORYLINES GOING IN
– Tim Thomas  has started and won both of the team’s games against the Sabres thus far. It’s quite remarkable that Tuukka Rask is on pace for just 26 starts this season, but he’ll get his first crack at the Sabres Wednesday.
– Miller was dealing with a groin injury when the Bruins beat up on Jhonas Enroth and Patrick Lalime on Nov. 3, but he manned the pipes last Tuesday vs. the B’s. It wasn’t his best showing, as he allowed a bit of a softie to Lucic — letting a shot from a tough angle just sneak between his leg and the left post.
Miller is coming off a rough loss to the Penguins  on Saturday. He allowed four goals on just 23 shots.
– It is up in the air whether the B’s will dress Tyler Seguin or Daniel Paille . Seguin didn’t play Saturday with what the team called flu-like symptoms, and Paille played well. Claude Julien  told reporters that it would be a game-time decision.
- Adam McQuaid, who could have been badly injured on Jody Shelley‘s cheap shot Saturday, is also fine. Both players practiced Tuesday.
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URLs in this post:
 Mark Recchi: http://media.weei.com/hockey/mark-recchi.htm
 Dennis Seidenberg: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-seidenberg.htm
 Ryan Miller: http://media.weei.com/hockey/ryan-miller.htm
 Tuukka Rask: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm
 Milan Lucic: http://media.weei.com/hockey/milan-lucic.htm
 David Krejci: http://media.weei.com/hockey/david-krejci.htm
 Marc Savard: http://media.weei.com/hockey/marc-savard.htm
 Tyler Seguin: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tyler-seguin.htm
 Tim Thomas: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tim-thomas.htm
 Penguins: http://media.weei.com/hockey/pittsburgh-penguins.htm
 Daniel Paille: http://media.weei.com/hockey/daniel-paille.htm
 Claude Julien: http://media.weei.com/hockey/claude-julien.htm
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