Our dear Bruins return to action tonight coming off two straight divisional wins and shutouts on the back of Tank Thomas.
The last time the Bruins saw the Sabres they were celebrating before the playoffs abruptly ended for no reason at all. Wacky NHL and their quirky scheduling… yeah…. that’s it.
The Sabres are hurting. They’ve struggled mightily this year and now Ryan Miller is hurt. So easy victory right? We’ll have to agree with Matt Kalman on this one:
Bruins are 6-2-0. That doesn’t mean they can relax. Two points still up for grabs tonight. Bruins need to treat the Sabres like Ike treated Tina. Do it.
After the jump some game day links, our preview and a fun old time video….
The Bruins are rolling lately. After a lazy effort at home against the Rangers they’ve responded by not allowing a goal in two straight games. Ridiculous.
Tim Thomas gets the start tonight in his attempt to be the first Bruins goalie ever to start a season 7-0.
“I don’t know what’s left to be said,” said Julien discussing Thomas. “When you have that kind of a start and the goals against average where it is – with the way he’s played right now — he’s in what you call that ‘zone.’ When a goaltender is in that zone you ride him for as long as you can.”
You sure do Claude, you sure do.
After an incredible start to the season Nathan Horton has failed to register a point in the last two games. However, we heard that when Nathan was younger he would play Oregon Trail just to shoot the Buffalo. He wouldn’t even bother to take the meat back to his wagon. He just wanted them to know he owned them.
Jason Pominville makes his return to the Sabres tonight after Niklas Hjalmarsson did his best Mike Richards impression back on October 11th and took out Pominville.
Patrick Lalime, filling in for Ryan Miller who is out with “I Hate My Team” issues, has a 10-6-3 record in his career against the Bruins. Bruins have a tendency in the past couple years to make back ups look like Patrick Roy. Hopefully tonight is different.
UPDATE: No Lalime tonight. Jhonas Enroth is starting for Buffalo. The Bruins scored 4 goals on 37 shots the only time they faced him last year.
Projected Roster (via Boston.com):
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Jordan Caron-Patrice Bergeron-Mark Recchi
Blake Wheeler-Tyler Seguin-Michael Ryder
Brad Marchand-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Andrew Ference
Mark Stuart-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Hunwick-Adam McQuaid
Game Day Links:
– Matt Kalman discusses how the Bruins-Sabres series in last year’s playoffs began the Bruins turnaround.
– Pucksage covers Tuukka Rask’s “legacy” and how “disappointing” he is. Hilarious stuff.
– The Hockey News lists their top ten power forwards of all time. We’re obviously happy with #1.
– November 15th is Military Appreciation Night at TD Garden. The Bruins are looking for monetary and ticket donations. Check it out.
Game Day Video:
Man, those Zamboni doors can be tricky.