|57||BOSTON||-150||Ov 5.5,+125||-160||Ov 5.5,+120|
|58||BUFFALO||+130||Un 5.5,-145||+140||Un 5.5,-140|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||10-8-0||-0.3||10-8||-0.3||5-10||2.6||30.7||2.2||26.6|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-2.6||2-3||-2.6||1-3||2.6||33.2||3.0||23.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||33||95||28||32||30||5||10||1051||9.0%||92||14||15.2%||157|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||18||46||16||14||15||1||5||553||8.3%||46||9||19.6%||75|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||0||6||6||1||1||166||7.8%||10||1||10.0%||22|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||13||36||5||17||11||3||4||442||8.1%||36||3||8.3%||59|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||75||21||27||23||4||5||885||8.5%||113||11||9.7%||120|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||40||13||13||12||2||2||479||8.4%||51||3||5.9%||69|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||15||3||6||5||1||2||116||12.9%||12||3||25.0%||25|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||34||7||12||14||1||2||336||10.1%||43||6||14.0%||59|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (All Games)||9||9||239||219||91.6%||0||6-3||+2.2||6-3-0||+3||3-5|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Road Games)||6||6||157||142||90.4%||0||3-3||-0.8||3-3-0||0||2-3|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (vs. Division)||5||5||118||107||90.7%||0||3-2||+0.2||3-2-0||+1||2-2|
|ANTON KHUDOBIN (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||98||92.5%||0||2-2||-0.4||2-2-0||0||0-3|
|TUUKKA RASK (All Games)||25||24||643||593||92.2%||1||15-9||+1.9||15-9-0||+2||8-14|
|TUUKKA RASK (Road Games)||13||12||320||297||92.8%||0||7-5||+0.4||7-5-0||0||3-7|
|TUUKKA RASK (vs. Division)||9||8||217||196||90.3%||0||5-3||-0.2||5-3-0||-1||3-4|
|TUUKKA RASK (Last 4 Games)||4||3||76||67||88.2%||0||1-2||-2.2||1-2-0||-2||1-2|
|TIM THOMAS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TIM THOMAS (vs. Division)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||6-9-0||-4.9||6-9||-4.9||10-5||2.9||30.9||3.2||33.1|
|Last 5 Games||2-3-0||-0.4||2-3||-0.4||3-2||3.0||26.2||3.2||34.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||35||94||23||31||35||5||6||1000||9.4%||126||17||13.5%||156|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||15||44||11||14||16||3||4||464||9.5%||59||9||15.3%||73|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||15||2||9||3||1||1||131||11.5%||18||4||22.2%||25|
|Team Stats (vs. Division)||14||40||11||12||14||3||3||415||9.6%||52||6||11.5%||65|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||111||24||44||37||6||7||1158||9.6%||139||32||23.0%||177|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||48||9||20||16||3||3||496||9.7%||50||13||26.0%||77|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||16||4||4||6||2||2||174||9.2%||21||7||33.3%||24|
|Stats Against (vs. Division)|| ||44||9||21||12||2||1||468||9.4%||59||13||22.0%||76|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||7||6||206||187||90.8%||0||2-4||-0.8||2-4-0||-1||3-2|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||2||2||71||67||94.4%||0||1-1||+0.4||1-1-0||0||1-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (vs. Division)||3||2||69||61||88.4%||0||1-1||+0.8||1-1-0||+1||1-1|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||4||4||134||126||94.0%||0||2-2||+1.2||2-2-0||+1||1-2|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||30||29||950||865||91.1%||1||11-18||-7.7||11-18-0||-7||15-13|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||13||13||423||382||90.3%||0||5-8||-5.2||5-8-0||-5||9-4|
|RYAN MILLER (vs. Division)||12||12||398||363||91.2%||1||6-6||+0.7||6-6-0||+1||7-5|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||136||125||91.9%||0||2-2||+0.6||2-2-0||+1||2-2|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 3.1, BUFFALO 3.11|
|3/5/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||TORONTO||4-2||W||0, -205||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/9/2013||PHILADELPHIA||3-0||W||0, -165||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/11/2013||at OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, -170||W||5 ov||P|
|3/12/2013||at PITTSBURGH||2-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/14/2013||FLORIDA||4-1||W||0, -270||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2013||WASHINGTON||4-1||W||0, -230||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/17/2013||at PITTSBURGH||1-2||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/19/2013||at WINNIPEG||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -150||W||5 ov||U|
|3/23/2013||at TORONTO||2-3||L||0, -145||L||5 ov||P|
|3/25/2013||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2013||MONTREAL||5-6||L||0, -165||L||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||1-3||L||0, -150||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/31/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|4/4/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/6/2013||at MONTREAL|| |
|4/10/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/11/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|3/5/2013||at CAROLINA||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY||2-3||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||P|
|3/10/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||2-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS||3-1||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||U|
|3/16/2013||OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, -130||L||5 ov||O|
|3/17/2013||at WASHINGTON||3-5||L||0, +115||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/19/2013||at MONTREAL||3-2||W||0, +180||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/21/2013||TORONTO||5-4||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/23/2013||at MONTREAL||2-1||W||0, +170||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, +105||L||5.5 ov||U|
|3/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-5||L||0, -110||L||5 ov||O|
|3/30/2013||WASHINGTON||3-4||L||0, +100||L||5 ov||O|
|4/2/2013||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/7/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|4/9/2013||at WINNIPEG|| |
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* =======================
By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer
Boston (21-7-4) at Buffalo (13-16-5), 7:30 p.m. EDT
Road woes have played a large part in the Boston Bruins' slip in the Eastern Conference standings but they will face a potentially short-handed rival in their next game away from home.
The Buffalo Sabres, though, will be seeking to add to a five-game point streak at the First Niagara Center when they face the Bruins on Sunday night.
Boston was challenging for the Eastern Conference lead earlier this month but has fallen well behind Pittsburgh by going 2-4-1 in its last seven. The Bruins (21-8-4) suffered their fifth loss in six road games Saturday, 3-1 to Philadelphia.
Boston got its lone goal from Nathan Horton in the third period despite outshooting the Flyers 34-22. In their previous game Wednesday, the Bruins matched their best scoring performance of the season but fell 6-5 in a shootout to Montreal.
"We know we have to get better," goaltender Tuukka Rask said. "We haven't played that bad, but it's uncharacteristic mistakes. And it's something we need to get rid of.
"It happens but then again ... we know we need to get better in all areas. It's weird because we're not playing awful and we're losing games, but we know it's not good enough."
The Bruins would appear to need a better performance Sunday as Buffalo is 3-0-2 in its last five home games, but the Sabres (13-16-6) are also 0-1-2 in their last three overall after blowing a two-goal lead Saturday against visiting Washington.
They gave up the tying goal with 40 seconds left in regulation en route to a 4-3 shootout defeat. It was the sixth time Buffalo has failed to capitalize on a two-goal advantage.
The Sabres also blew a one-goal lead in the third period against Florida in a 5-4 shootout loss Thursday.
"It's happened too many times," said forward Ville Leino, who scored a pair of goals Saturday. "It shouldn't happen. Good teams usually win those games."
Leading scorer Thomas Vanek missed both of those losses with an upper-body injury, but interim coach Ron Rolston told the league's website there's a chance he could return Sunday. Vanek participated in the team's optional skate Saturday, but Rolston said, "he was out there today and moving, but he's not where he needs to be."
The Sabres won't have defenseman Jordan Leopold after he was traded to St. Louis on Saturday for a pair of draft picks. General manager Darcy Regier said that might not be the end to Buffalo's moves before the trade deadline, even hinting that Vanek, goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Jason Pominville are available if an enticing deal comes along.
"Where our hockey club is right now, we have to be open to listening to just about anything and everything," Regier said. "I have talked to all 29 GMs over the last week, and I'll continue to try to figure out ways that we can get better not just for the rest of this year but, more importantly, for the future."
In the meantime, the Sabres will try to earn their third win in four meetings with Boston this season. The used their own three-goal outburst in the third period for a 4-2 victory in the most recent meeting Feb. 15 in Buffalo.
The Sabres are also 5-1-1 in the last seven visits from the Bruins but suffered one of those losses on Feb. 10. Boston scored twice in the third period for that 3-1 win.
Miller will likely be back in net after Jhonas Enroth started Saturday. Miller is 16-2-4 with a 2.04 goals-against average at home against Boston in the regular season.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 5:14:30 AM EST|