April 17, 2013

Tale of the Tape: Bruins vs. Sabres

By Jesse Connolly

Here's the Tale of the Tape for tonight's game between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres: 

SEASON SERIES

Jan. 31 – BUF 7 @ BOS 4
Feb. 10 – BOS 3 @ BUF 1
Feb. 15 – BOS 2 @ BUF 4
Mar. 31 – BOS 2 @ BUF 0
Apr. 17 – BUF @ BOS

NEWS AND NOTES

* Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Wade Redden will all be in the lineup tonight.

* Carl Soderberg took part in morning skate but will not be playing against Buffalo.

* Tonight’s game will be broadcast on NBCSN.

STANDINGS

Boston: 26-11-4, 56 points (2nd in division, 4th in conference)
Buffalo: 18-19-6, 42 points (5th in division, 10th in conference)

TEAM LEADERS
BOS / BUF

GOALS: Brad Marchand (16) / Thomas Vanek (16)
ASSISTS: David Krejci (22) / Thomas Vanek (18)
POINTS: Marchand, Jagr (33) / Thomas Vanek (34)

PLUS-MINUS: Patrice Bergeron (+23) / Christian Ehrhoff (+13)
PIM: Milan Lucic (61) / Steve Ott (74)
SHOTS: Tyler Seguin (132) / Drew Stafford (109)
TIME ON ICE: Zdeno Chara (24:48) / Christian Ehrhoff (25:05)

WINS: Tuukka Rask (17) / Ryan Miller (14)
GAA: Tuukka Rask (1.99) / Jhonas Enroth (2.40)
SV%: Tuukka Rask (.929) / Jhonas Enroth (.924)

ON A ROLL

Boston: Jaromir Jagr (6 pts in last 4 GP), Andrew Ference (4 pts in last 4 GP)
Buffalo: Steve Ott (2 pts in last 2 GP), Brian Flynn (3 pts in last 4 GP)

ICE COLD

Boston: Milan Lucic (2 pts in last 6 GP), Nathan Horton (0 pts in last 3 GP)
Buffalo: Drew Stafford (0 pts in last 9 GP), Ryan Miller (4.29 GAA in last 2 GP)

OBSCURE STATS

Boston: Brad Marchand has eight goals in 17 career games against the Sabres. Tuukka Rask is 4-5-1 with a 2.71 GAA against Buffalo.

Buffalo: Ryan Miller is 24-8-7 lifetime against Boston. Thomas Vanek has seven goals in his last seven games at TD Garden, including a hat trick on Jan. 31, 2013.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

* While the return of the Bruins’ top two forwards is the biggest news hockey-wise this evening, the B’s, the Sabres, the 17,565 fans on hand and those watching all across the nation will have much bigger issues on their mind. The Bruins have a lot in store this evening, as they’ll honor those that died or were injured during the tragic events that took place at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It’s going to be an emotional night, regardless of whether or not you call the Boston area home.

BETWEEN THE PIPES

Boston: TBD
Buffalo: Ryan Miller (14-17-5, 2.84, 913)

PROJECTED LINEUP

Boston
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Campbell – Krejci – Jagr
Paille – Kelly – Horton
Lucic – Peverley – Thornton

Chara – Boychuk
Seidenberg - Hamilton
Ference – Redden

Rask
Khudobin

Buffalo
Ennis – Hodgson – Vanek
Ott – Porter – Flynn
Scott – Foligno – Stafford
Gerbe – Hecht – Kaleta

Ehrhoff – Sekera
Pardy – Pysyk
Weber – Ruhwedel

Miller
Enroth

Twitter: @JesseNEHJ
Email: jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com