The Sabres have their hands full against the hot Bruins

February 10, 2018 - 2:12 pm

Boston, MA (WGR 550) - The Sabres come into Boston facing a red hot Bruins team. Boston is 18-1-4 in its last 23 games and 27-4-4 in its last 35.

Despite all that winning, the Bruins are still three points behind Tampa Bay for the Atlantic Division and NHL lead. Boston is 12-1-2 against the Atlantic Division with one of those overtime losses coming to Buffalo.

It’s one of the few hiccups the Bruins have had against the Sabres lately as they’ve gone 8-0-1 in their last nine against Buffalo and 13-1-3 in their last 17.

Overall Boston has won four in a row and nine out of 10 games. Tuukka Rask sat out the last game, but has played six of eight. Rask is 22-8-4 with a 2.09 goals against and .925 save percentage.

Brad Marchand has 51 points in 39 games while David Pastrnak has 51 points in 52 games. If you take Marchand’s numbers over 82 games, it would be 107 points.

Pastrnak has points in 10 straight games netting four goals and eight assists for 12 points.

Marchand has points in nine out of 10 games scoring six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.

Patrice Bergeron has also been ripping it up with 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points in 16 games.

The Sabres broke a four game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Islanders. Four of the Sabres last six wins this season have come on the road against Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and New Jersey.

Jack Eichel had gone four games without a point, be he’s back on track with four points in his last two games.

Kyle Okposo has 13 points in his last 12 games.

In 2018 Sam Reinhart has 15 points in 16 games.

Ryan O’Reilly has seven goals and five assists for 12 points in 13 games.

Former Bruin Chad Johnson gets the call in net. Johnson has only played one of the last seven games. He gave up four goals in a loss to Florida.

Johnson is 2-9-3 with a 3.67 goals against and .884 save percentage.

His last road start was against another former team, Calgary and Johnson stopped 32 of 33 shots in an overtime win.

Zemgus Girgensons missed the morning skate and is ill. Phil Housley called him a game time decision. Scott Wilson skated on his wing with Johan Larsson and Jason Pominville.

Justin Falk slid into Josh Gorges slot alongside Victor Antipin.

The team’s dads were at the home win over the Islanders and are on this trip. They all went to Fenway Park on Friday. Phil Housley said it’s good to have them along, “I think it’s been great, we’d like to think of us as one big family and it’s good to see the fathers being a part of this trip.

Join Brian Koziol at 6:00 for the pregame when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Ryan O’Reilly and Marco Scandella.

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