Game Day Thread: Sabres @ Bruins

Now with grit!

The Bruins are back home, defending the barn against the scurrilous Buffalo Sabres.

After 20 games, the Bruins are at 12-3-5, which is good for 1st place in the Atlantic, though not enough to catch up with the Caps.

What will be the lineup tonight?

Well, Torey Krug, and a bunch of young forwards are injured. Krug was officially placed on IR on Saturday.
Forwards Paul Carey & Trent Frederic were sent back down & Brendan Gaunce was called up and sent back down on Tuesday. Urho Vaakanainen is still up.

Patrice Bergeron will be a game-time decision, recovering from a lower body injury, but is expected to appear.
If Bergy cannot make it, expect Krejci and Coyle to each bump up a line and Par Lindholm to center a line with Bjork and Heinen.

Tuukka Rask will be in goal tonight.


Bruins Forward Lines
Brad Marchand

Brad Marchand

Patrice Bergeron

Patrice Bergeron

David Pastrnak

David Pastrnak

Jake DeBrusk

Jake DeBrusk

David Krejci

David Krejci

Charlie Coyle

Charlie Coyle

Anders Bjork

Anders Bjork

Par Lindholm

Par Lindholm

Danton Heinen

Danton Heinen

Joakim Nordstrom

Joakim Nordstrom

Sean Kuraly

Sean Kuraly

#14 - Chris Wagner

Chris Wagner

Bruins Defensive pairs
Zdeno Chara

Zdeno Chara

Charlie McAvoy

Charlie McAvoy

Matt Grzelcyk

Matt Grzelcyk

Brandon Carlo

Brandon Carlo

Urho Vaakanainen

Urho Vaakanainen

Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton

Bruins Goaltending
#40 Tuukka Rask (#41 Jaroslav Halak)

This evening’s opponent are the Buffalo Sabres, who we have not seen since January. Since then, they mad a few personnel changes, the most significant was the acquisition of forward Jimmy Vesey, fresh off the NY Rangers’ fire sale, and former Bruins Colin Miller from the Golden Knights, and Marcus Johansson from free agency. They are currently running at 10-8-3, for a total of 23 points, which places them 4th in the Atlantic division. They initially jumped past the Bruins in the standings, but could not sustain that lead, and have since fallen back to the mean. They’ve accumulated quite a few injuries in the 21 games they’ve played so far – with 4 players listed as injured in addition to defenseman Zach Bogosian, who is recovering from off-season hip surgery. D-man Matt Hunwick has a season-ending neck injury. center Johan Larsson is on IR with an upper body injury, but is expected to return tonight. Forward Kyle Okposo is out with a concussion. And Vladimir Sobotka is on IR with a lower body injury.
(h/t Daily Faceoff and the Athletic’s Joe Yerdon @JoeYerdon and John Vogl):

Sabres Forwards
#13 Jimmy Vesey — #9 Jack Eichel — #23 Sam Reinhart
#53 Jeff Skinner — #71 Evan Rodrigues — #43 Conor Sheary
#68 Victor Olofsson — #37 Casey Mittelstadt — #74 Rasmus Asplund
#38 Zemgus Girgensons — #22 Johan Larsson — #27 Curtis Lazar

Sabres Defense
#19 Jake McCabe — #55 Rasmus Ristolainen
#26 Rasmus Dahlin — #62 Brandon Montour
#6 Marco Scandella — #10 Henri Jokiharju

Sabres Goaltending
#35 Linus Ullmark
(#40 Carter Hutton)

LATE UPDATE – Miller out, Scandella in.

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Hate off to the Bruins strength and conditioning coaches. Still a lil muscle short, but very close!!

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Save of the year!!!! Tuuk!!!!!

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Never ending……. You know whadiam talkinbout!!!!

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20 goals in 21 games!! Pasta still close to 50/50 pace!!l

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2 U’s, 2 K’s, 2 pad stack??? Okay!!

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Like I said…. B rad!!!

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How is everyone???? Jokay haryu?

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Casey Middlestadt is a name I would use while trying to crash a really posh party. “Yes, please check your list again. I’m sure I’m on the list.”

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Bruins need to get back to the good PK.