Coming of the heels of a 4-2 victory over the Jets, the Buffalo Sabres (8-23-3) host the Boston Bruins (23-9-2) at the First Niagara Center, in Buffalo, N.Y. It has been a rough year for the Sabres, but can they stop one of the leagues hottest teams?
In a rare site for the Sabres, the teams offense exploded, scoring four goals in Tuesday nights victory over the Winnipeg Jets . Steve Ott, Marcus Foligno, Matt Moulson and Matt Ellis each scored a goal against Winnipeg. Thursday, against the Bruins, the Sabres look to win consecutive games for just the second time this season. The last time the team won two straight games was against the Kings on November 12, followed by a win over the Maple Leafs November 15.
The Sabres were down 2-1 against the Jets after the second period. When trailing after two, the Sabres were 0-21. Foligno quickly tied the game in the third, while Moulson’s power play goal–his 12th goal of the season–gave the team the lead, which they managed to hold on to.
Alexander Sulzer returned Tuesday night after missing the last five games due to an upper-body injury. Cody McCormick is the Sabres’ only injured player, with upper-body injuries. McCormick is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Matt Ellis, despite bouncing back and forth from the AHL to the NHL over the years, is looking to solidify his spot on the Sabres roster. In two games with the Sabres, Ellis has one goal, which came Tuesday against the Jets. In 32 games with AHL affiliate Rochester, Ellis has seven goals and five assists.
Also this week, the Sabres called up Kevin Porter and Chad Ruhwedel, and sent Luke Adam, Mark Pysyk and Brayden McNabb back to Rochester. In nine games with the Sabres, Adam only managed one goal and McNabb had not scored a goal in his five games with Buffalo.
Porter has played 204 games in the NHL, racking up 29 goals and 26 assists.
The Boston Bruins are also looking to win back-to-back games. The Bruins have won four of their last five games and are coming off a 2-0 victory over the Flames, where Zdeno Chara scored both Boston goals.
The Bruins are missing six of their players, five are out with injuries and Shawn Thornton is appealing a 15-game suspension which came after Thornton’s repeated punches to the head to Penguins’ Brooks Orpik.
“With the injuries we have, we’re really relying on everybody right now,” center Gregory Campbell said. “It’s not about coming in and just playing. It’s about actually trying to contribute. We need help from (the minor league call-ups) and from veterans. Everybody has to be at the top of their games in the situation we’re in.”
The last time these two teams met, on October 23, the Bruins picked up a 5-2 victory over the Sabres. After Thursday night, the Sabres will meet the Bruins again on Saturday, in Boston.
Sabres–Forward Cody McCormick (Upper-body), expected to miss 4-6 weeks