Thursday, March 30, 2023
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NHL Preview: Boston Bruins (52-11-5) at Buffalo Sabres (33-29-6)



  • The Bruins visit the Sabres today in the 4th and final game between these teams this season and the 2nd of 2 Boston visits to KeyBank Center.
  • They are 52-11-5 overall this season and they are 25-8-2 on the road … The Bruins are 28-7-3 vs Eastern Conference opponents.
  • This is the 12th 50-win season in Bruins history … It is their second straight 50-win campaign and the most since 4 straight from 1970-71—1973-74 … The total at the 64-game mark were the fastest 50 wins in NHL history.
  • The Bruins play today their 13th of 16 matinees this season (local start time 4:00 pm or earlier) … They have a 9-2- 1 record in afternoon games so far.
  • The Bruins play this weekend their 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games this season … They are currently 9-0-2 in the 1st game of those sets and are 7-3-0 in the 2nd games so far.
  • The Bruins conclude their 5-game road trip (2-2-0) today in Buffalo … They will next return home to host Ottawa on 3/21, Montreal on 3/23 and Tampa Bay on 3/25.


  • The Bruins are 3-3-0 in their last 6 games, including wins in their last 2 games, 3-0 in Winnipeg on 3/16 and 5-3 in Minnesota on 3/18 … That followed a 10-game win from 2/14-3/4 which was tied for the 5th-longest win streak in team history.
  • The Bruins are 9-2-0 in their last 11 road games and are 18-4-2 in their last 24 road games, also including a 9-0-1 road point streak from 12/11-1/24 and 7-game win streak from 2/1-28.
  • The Bruins are 8-2-0 in their last 10 home games.
  • Boston 3 at Chicago 6 … The Bruins suffered consecutive regulation losses for the 1st time this season … Hampus Lindholm (1-1=2 totals), Trent Frederic and Pavel Zacha gave Boston a 3-2 lead, but fell to 4 unanswered … Linus Ullmark had his 8-game win streak halted … SOG: Bos 42, Chi 29 … PP: 0/2 … PK: 0/3
  • Boston 3 at Winnipeg 0 … Trent Frederic (GW), Pavel Zacha and Tomas Nosek (EN) scored goals and Jeremy Swayman earned his 3rd shutout of the season in the win … SOG: Bos 24, Wpg 36 … PP: 0/3 … PK: 0/5
  • Boston 5 at Minnesota 2 … Took a 3-1 lead en route to a 5-2 win with goals by Jake DeBrusk, David Pastrnak (PP, 1-1=2 totals), David Krejci (GW), Patrice Bergeron (1-1=2 totals) and Trent Frederic (ENG) … Brad Marchand had 3 assists … Linus Ullmark earned his 200th NHL win in net … SOG: Bos 38, Min 31 … PP: 1/4 … PK: 1/5

INJURIES (Total man-games lost in 2022-23: 97)

  • Derek Forbort – Lower body
  • Taylor Hall: Lower body (LTIR)
  • Nick Foligno: Lower body (IR)


  • The Bruins and Sabres are meeting for the 312th time in their histories with the Bruins having a 155-114-29-13 record and 1,012-953 scoring advantage in those games.
  • The Bruins are 89-46-14-6 lifetime vs. Buffalo at home with a 555-442 scoring edge in those 155 contests.
  • The Bruins are 8-0-1 in their last 9 games vs. the Sabres.


  • The Bruins currently have 25 players on their roster (1 IR, 1 LTIR) … 12 were drafted by the team, 7 were acquired in trade and 6 were signed as free agents.
  • The Bruins play 16 matinees this season (local start time 4:00 pm or earlier) … They have a 9-2-1 record in afternoon games so far.
  • The Bruins play 14 sets of back-to-back games this season … They are currently 9-0-2 in the 1st game of those sets and are 7-3-0 in the 2nd games so far.
  • The Bruins are playing game 8 of their 15-game March schedule tonight (9 hm/6 rd, 5-3-0) … They will play 7 in April (3 hm/4 rd) … They went 8-1-0 in October, 11- 2-0 in November, 9-1-4 in December, 10-3-1 in January and 9-1-0 in February.

Mar. 11: Jakub Lauko recalled from Providence/AHL on an emergency basis and returned to Providence/AHL.
Mar. 13: Jakub Lauko recalled from Providence/AHL on an emergency basis.


Friday, March 17
Buffalo 2 at Philadelphia 5
Goals: Olofsson (2)
Goalies: Anderson (17 saves/22 shots)
PP: 2/4; PK: 0/1; Shots: Buffalo 38 – Philadelphia 22

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 126)
Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed
Eric Comrie (lower body, March 10) – 4 games
Mattias Samuelsson (upper body, March 13) – 3 games

3/17: Signed G Devon Levi to a three-year, entry-level contract

Tuesday, March 21: Nashville at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24: New Jersey at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25: Buffalo at NY Islanders, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 27: Montreal at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 31: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7:00 p.m.

• This is the fourth and final meeting between the Sabres and Bruins this season.
• Last meeting: Boston defeated Buffalo 7-1 in Boston on March 2.
• The Sabres are 2-7-1 in their last 10 games against the Bruins; 1-8-1 at home.
• This is the 312th game all-time between Buffalo and Boston; Buffalo has a 127-137-47 series record.
• The Sabres are 75-57-24 at home against the Bruins all-time.

• A win today would also give Buffalo 34 wins on the season, two more than they earned in 82 games in 2021-22.
• The Sabres last earned 34 or more wins in a season in 2015-16 (35).
• Alex Tuch has recorded nine points (6+3) in his last eight games dating back to Feb. 15 at Anaheim.
• Rasmus Dahlin is one assist away from becoming the first Sabres defenseman since Phil Housley in 1989-90 (60) to record 50 or more assists in a single season.
• With an assist, he would join Housley and John Van Boxmeer as the only defensemen in franchise history to reach 50 assists in a single season.
• Tage Thompson has recorded 37 points (16+21) in his last 35 games, including 18 points (7+11) in his last 16 games.
• Thompson needs one goal in today’s game to become the first Sabres skater to record 43 or more goals in a season since Thomas Vanek (43) in 2006-07.
• In his last three games, Owen Power has notched four points (0+4).
• With a point today, Power would earn his second four-game point streak of the season. He recorded his first from Jan. 21 to 26.
• Jeff Skinner has notched 17 points (9+8) in his last 16 games.
• Zemgus Girgensons has recorded a point in consecutive games and a point in today’s game would give him his first point streak of three or more games since he recorded four points (2+2) during a three-game point streak from Feb. 22 to Feb. 26, 2020.
• JJ Peterka has notched seven points (2+5) in his last eight games, including three points (1+2) in his last two games.
• Victor Olofsson has three goals in his last three games.

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