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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 2/15/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



BOSTON (8-1-0-2, 18 pts.) at BUFFALO (5-8-0-1, 11 pts.)
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Friday, 2/15/2013 7:05 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51BOSTON-145Ov 5.5,+105-140Ov 5.5,+105
52BUFFALO+125Un 5.5,-125+120Un 5.5,-125
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games8-3-0+3.98-3+3.95-62.932.82.326.7
Team Stats (Road Games)4-1-0+34-1+32-32.832.61.826.6
Last 5 Games3-2-0-0.13-2-0.12-32.635.62.625.8
vs. Division3-1-0+1.23-1+1.21-32.534.52.225.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)11326915243618.9%4349.3%50
Team Stats (Road Games)514347021638.6%20420.0%23
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513148011787.3%1915.3%22
Team Stats (vs. Division)410145011387.2%1516.7%16
Stats Against (All Games) 256125222948.5%4636.5%34
Stats Against (Road Games) 9350101336.8%2214.5%12
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 131651212910.1%18211.1%17
Stats Against (vs. Division) 9054011009.0%14214.3%15
BOSTON - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)22585493.1%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)22585493.1%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)11262596.2%01-0+11-0-0+10-1
ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)22585493.1%02-0+22-0-0+21-1
TUUKKA RASK (All Games)9923521691.9%06-3+1.96-3-0+24-5
TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)33757093.3%02-1+12-1-0+11-2
TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)33736690.4%02-1+0.22-1-001-2
TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)441029290.2%02-2-1.12-2-0-12-2
TIM THOMAS (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TIM THOMAS (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TIM THOMAS (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-9-0-4.85-9-4.88-62.830.03.433.8
Team Stats (Home Games)2-4-0-3.52-4-3.54-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-12-32.429.23.033.8
vs. Division3-5-0-1.93-5-1.95-32.730.73.532.4
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)143991316134209.3%52713.5%67
Team Stats (Home Games)618557122009.0%22627.3%29
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)512344111468.2%2015.0%19
Team Stats (vs. Division)822489122468.9%3139.7%35
Stats Against (All Games) 48924141347310.1%611118.0%78
Stats Against (Home Games) 203971219910.1%22627.3%34
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15573011698.9%22313.6%26
Stats Against (vs. Division) 2861471125910.8%40615.0%47
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)21352982.9%00-1-10-1-0-11-0
JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)32726184.7%00-2-20-2-0-22-0
RYAN MILLER (All Games)121239936591.5%15-7-2.85-7-0-36-6
RYAN MILLER (Home Games)6619717990.9%02-4-3.52-4-0-44-2
RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)7722320290.6%13-4-0.93-4-0-14-3
RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)4414413493.1%12-202-2-001-3
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 3.07,  BUFFALO 3.03
BOSTON - Schedule
1/19/2013NY RANGERS3-1W0, -140W5 ovU
1/21/2013WINNIPEG2-1W0, -185W5.5 ovU
1/23/2013at NY RANGERS3-4L0, +105L5 ovO
1/25/2013NY ISLANDERS4-2W0, -185W5.5 unO
1/28/2013at CAROLINA5-3W0, -110W5.5 evO
1/29/2013NEW JERSEY2-1W0, -170W5 ovU
1/31/2013BUFFALO4-7L0, -175L5.5 unO
2/2/2013at TORONTO1-0W0, -145W5.5 unU
2/6/2013at MONTREAL2-1W0, -110W5 ovU
2/10/2013at BUFFALO3-1W0, -145W5.5 evU
2/12/2013NY RANGERS3-4L0, -135L5 unO
2/15/2013at BUFFALO 
2/17/2013at WINNIPEG 
2/21/2013at TAMPA BAY 
2/24/2013at FLORIDA 
2/26/2013at NY ISLANDERS 

BUFFALO - Schedule
1/20/2013PHILADELPHIA5-2W0, -140W5.5 evO
1/21/2013at TORONTO2-1W0, +110W5.5 unU
1/24/2013at CAROLINA3-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
1/25/2013CAROLINA1-3L0, -155L5.5 unU
1/27/2013at WASHINGTON2-3L0, +100L5.5 unU
1/29/2013TORONTO3-4L0, -155L5.5 unO
1/31/2013at BOSTON7-4W0, +155W5.5 unO
2/2/2013at MONTREAL1-6L0, +110L5.5 unO
2/3/2013FLORIDA3-4L0, -140L5.5 unO
2/5/2013at OTTAWA3-4L0, +125L5.5 unO
2/7/2013MONTREAL5-4W0, -140W5.5 unO
2/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS3-2W0, +100W5.5 ovU
2/10/2013BOSTON1-3L0, +125L5.5 evU
2/12/2013at OTTAWA0-2L0, +120L5.5 unU
2/21/2013at TORONTO 
2/23/2013NY ISLANDERS 
2/26/2013at TAMPA BAY 

LAST SEASON: 49-29-4, 102 points. Lost to Washington 4-3 in first round.

COACH: Claude Julien, 6th season with Bruins, 228-132-50; 10th overall, 347-218-10-73 in NHL.

ADDED: D Dougie Hamilton (rookie). F Chris Bourque.

LOST: G Tim Thomas (suspended). F Marc Savard (concussions).

PLAYER TO WATCH: G Tuukka Rask. With Thomas, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, opting to take a year off, the Bruins will rely on former backup Rask as the primary goaltender. He won the job from Thomas in 2009-10, posting a 1.97 GAA. Anton Khudobin will be the backup.

OUTLOOK: The Bruins are essentially the same team that won the Stanley Cup two years ago - with the important exception of Thomas. The enigmatic Conn Smythe Trophy winner from the title run surprised the team by deciding to take a year off to rest. He will be placed on the suspended list.


LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference

COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.

ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.

LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.

OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BOSTON-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Bruins-Sabres Preview* =======================


Boston (8-1-2) at Buffalo (5-8-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Boston Bruins have already taken advantage of the slumping Buffalo Sabres on the road this week.

Another visit could keep the Bruins rolling away from home.

Boston looks to make it five straight road wins Friday night when it faces the Sabres for the third time this season.

The Bruins (8-1-2) won 3-1 at Buffalo (5-8-1) on Sunday, getting third-period goals from Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic. However, they failed to build on that at home two days later, falling 4-3 in a shootout to the New York Rangers after scoring the final three goals in the third period to salvage a point.

Boston has been getting plenty on the road, winning four in a row there since a 4-3 overtime loss to the Rangers on Jan. 23.

The team will try to continue that success during this five-game trip, which includes visits to Winnipeg, Tampa Bay, Florida and Long Island after facing the Sabres.

"It's not going to be an easy road trip for all the obvious reasons," coach Claude Julien said. "Buffalo is certainly going to want to bounce back from their loss to us less than a week ago. Winnipeg; we have yet to win a game in that rink yet. Certainly a good challenge for us."

The venue hasn't mattered much for Brad Marchand, who leads the Bruins with seven goals with three coming in four road games, including one at Buffalo earlier this week before tallying again versus the Rangers.

Of the center's eight goals in 15 career meetings with the Sabres, half have come in seven visits to First Niagara Center. Marchand also has four goals in the last three overall matchups.

Tuukka Rask may get a chance to redeem himself against the Sabres. He's 0-2-1 with a 3.62 goals-against average and was pulled twice in his last four starts at Buffalo. He wasn't very good at home on Jan. 31, either.

In his worst performance of the season, Rask stopped 25 of 31 shots in a 7-4 loss. He's been impressive in three games since, however, going 2-0-1 with a 1.31 GAA and a shutout.

Backup Anton Khudobin had 25 saves against the Sabres on Sunday.

Buffalo is 3-8-1 since opening the season with back-to-back wins and seemingly showing promise after missing the playoffs last season.

They fell 2-0 at Ottawa on Tuesday following Sunday's defeat to the Bruins.

Coach Lindy Ruff is trying to remain positive in the face of mounting criticism directed toward him.

"It's on me to clean up this mess," said Ruff, who is in his 15th season at the helm. "And I'm not done trying. The team will feed off my energy. We talked about getting the team in the right mood. And that's up to me.

"We'll find it. It'll come. I'm confident it'll come."

Thomas Vanek continues to be one of the few bright spots, leading the NHL with 11 goals and 23 points. He was kept off the scoresheet the last two games, and only managed one shot on goal versus Boston.

The left wing was much better in last month's meeting, tying his career high with five points while beating Rask for a hat trick. His 28 goals and 54 points in 46 meetings with Boston are his highest totals against any opponent.

Last Updated: 6/22/2018 7:32:05 PM EST

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