Game Day Thread: NASHville Bruins @ Sabres


The Bruins play the f%*&% Sabres yet again in Buffalo on this day.

Last time these teams met, the Sabres won, and tossed in an empty netter just to add insult to injury, winning 4-2. Fuck those guys.
The Sabres lost a close one to the Caps 1-5 last night.
Ha.

The Bruins were kind of sloppy last night. I guess if one hasn’t played hockey in 3 days, one forgets how to do line changes, defend the left faceoff dot, or keep the offensive pressure going in a tie game late in the 3rd period. Also, #1 Center Patrice Bergeron left the Air Canada Centre wearing a walking boot.

The Bruins made a big splash in the trade market overnight, trading Spooner, Beleskey, Lindgren and 2 picks to the Rangers for Rick Nash. So Spoons will be unavailable today but Nash is expected to suit up for the black & gold. They also signed forward Brian Gionta to a one-year contract. Gionta – just back from appearing in the Olympics as captain of the not-very-successful US Mens Hockey team – is not expected to appear today.
9th D-man Paul Postma has been placed on waivers, where he will surely be welcomed to the P-Bruins as a needed RH-D. Weirdly, P-Bruins D-man Chris Breen was also put on waivers today, and it is not clear why – perhaps he’s made it onto on the depth chart for the big club. G.M. Sweenius has commented in the past on having run out of D-men in last year’s playoffs…

Let’s do some lines…
doing a couple of lines
I’m going to assume that Bergeron will appear and neither of the next two options – bumping up Riley Nash to Bergy’s spot and back-filling with Gionta, or stranger still, playing with 7-D – will be necessary.

Forward Lines

Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Rick Nash

R. Nash 

Danton Heinen

Riley Nash

R. Nash

David Backes

Tim Schaller

Sean Kuraly

Noel Acciari

Noel Acciari

Defensive pairs

Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Torey Krug

Torey Krug

Adam McQuaid

Adam McQuaid

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Kevan Miller

Kevan Miller

Goaltending
Anton Khudobin (Tuukka Rask)

Jack Eichel hasn’t been playing since injuring his ankle last time the Bruins & Sabres met. The Sabres have done nothing so far in the trade market, but are shopping Evander Kane and have yanked him from the lineup. Other tradeable assets have not been removed from the lineup:

Forwards
Zemgus Girgensons — Ryan O’Reilly — Sam Reinhart
Scott Wilson — Evan Rodrigues — Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot — Johan Larsson — Jason Pominville
Nick Baptiste — Jacob Josefson — Jordan Nolan

Defensemen
Marco Scandella — Rasmus Ristolainen
Viktor Antipin — Casey Nelson
Nathan Beaulieu — Justin Falk

Goaltender
Chad Johnson
backup: (Robin Lehner)

 

Late updates: Quaider in for Carlo, Bergy suiting up, Buffalo paper & Daily whatever totally wrong, going with Jack’s pregame line

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phonymahoney
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Deciding whether I’m hockeying tonight. I hate everything.

Long-Winded Striped Mofo
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Empty net…. might as well have some fun.

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Wood

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I will say, Nash has looked good

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Please punch Ristolainen in the face –

phonymahoney
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I didn’t know Pasta knew those words

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Wasting one of the games in hand.

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Why can’t they score?

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They got nuttin’ tonite.

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We really needed to be killing a penalty right now. Thanks, Torey

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Get ‘em, Marshy