Wednesday evening the Boston Bruins will face the Buffalo Sabres at the KeyBank Center. The Atlantic Division rivals are separated by just 2 points and both sit in the bottom half of the division standings. This will be the 2nd time the two have met this season. Boston won the 1st meeting 4-1 which also took place in the KeyBank Center. Brad Marchand had 2 assists with one coming on a power play. Victor Olofsson had the lone goal for the Sabres. Linus Ullmark stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced.
Boston, winners of 4 of their last 6 games, will rely on their 3rd ranked defense to shut down the mediocre offense of the Sabres. Boston has not allowed more than 2 goals in all 4 of those wins. Buffalo has lost their last 3 and 9 of their last 11. The Sabres have given up at least 4 goals in 8 of those 9 losses. They will need to be better defensively to prevent the Bruins from going up 2-0 on the season series Wednesday night.
New streakBoston had been on a 3-game win streak prior to facing Calgary on Sunday. They were shutout 4-0 in their tilt with the Flames. Calgary goaltender, Dan Vladar, was sensational stopping all 28 shots he faced while the offense had 4 goals from 4 different players. Boston will now hope to begin their path to a new win streak when they face the Sabres Wednesday night. They will come in as hefty favs (-200) and winners of their last meeting with the Sabres.
Getting set for the Sabres. pic.twitter.com/cdMOTCelxx— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 23, 2021
It all starts with the defense for Boston. In all of their wins this season, excluding a 4-3 win vs San Jose, the Bruins have not allowed more than 2 goals. Both Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark have been solid in net. Together they are carrying a 2.63 GAA and with Ullmark picking up the win in the last meeting, the Bruins will likely look to him again in this contest.
No more NovemberBuffalo have been abysmal to say the least in the month of November. They are just 2-8 in the month with one of the wins coming as a surprise over 13-4 Edmonton. They are currently saddled with a 3-game losing streak after losses to Calgary, New York (R), and Columbus. If they want to compete and steal a win vs Boston, they will need to keep the puck out of their own net. They have been terrible defensively and even in games where they scored 4 goals, they have still lost.
Tage Thompson has led the Sabres in points with 13 and having 8 goals as part of those points to lead all Sabres in goals as well. The offense isn’t the issue, it’s the defense and goaltending that have plagued these Sabres. Dustin Tokarski is expected to start Wednesday night. Tokarski has been horrid in his last 2 games allowing 9 goals on just 35 shots. He will need to step his game up immensely to keep the Sabres in the game Wednesday night.
- Buffalo is 2-9 in their last 9 games overall
- Buffalo is 6-10-1 as an underdog this season
- Boston is 9-1 in their last 10 games against Buffalo
- Boston is 6-3 in their last 9 games overall