March 28th, 2010 by

Pregame notes: Bruins vs. Sabres | 7:00 p.m. EST

The Boston Bruins host the Northeast Division leading Buffalo Sabres tomorrow, Tuesday Mar. 29,  at the TD Garden, starting at 7:00 p.m. EST. The pregame show on 98.5 FM The Sports Hub begins at 6:30 p.m. and live action will air nationally on Versus (HD) and TSN2.

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  • This will be the fifth of six meetings on the season between Boston and Buffalo.  Boston has a 3-1-0 record against Buffalo this season — one OT and SO victory each — while outscoring the Sabres 10-6.
  • Tomorrow night will also be the 250th meeting in their lifetime series with the Bruins holding a 113-109-29-5 record while the Sabres hold the slight 810-807 scoring edge.
  • The B’s have taken six points out of their last four games, while posting 14 goals-for and just six goals-against over that span — an astounding .940 goalie save-percentage.
  • A whole bunch of Bruins’ are getting hot at just the right time. Zdeno Chara is in the midst of a four-game point-streak while David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, and Mark Recchi are just a few names to have posted three-game point-streaks.
  • Dennis Seidenberg lit the lamp for the first time in a Bruins’ sweater, and now has 1-7–8, plus-9, and 28 SOG in his last 10.
  • Tim Thomas bounced back from a dismal two-week stretch from early-mid March with a 31 save shutout of the Calgary Flames on Saturday afternoon. Expect the reigning Vezina Trophy winner to get the back-to-back nod for the first consecutive start in nearly three-weeks.
  • Milan Lucic has been a welcomed, and long-awaited, cog to the Bruins’ new power play scheme. The B’s snapped an 0-for-22 skid on Saturday by going 3-for-4 with the man-advantage. Since No. 17 has been a big-body in front of the net on the power play — two games — the Bruins are 3-for-7 in two games.
  • The Bruins power play has still been white-hot, having successfully killed 16 for their last 18 times short over their last five games.

For all your Buffalo Sabres info, check out my good bud David Oleksy over at Diebytheblade.com on SBNation, and follow him on Twitter

Mar. 27 lineup:

Sturm — Bergeron — Recchi
Wheeler — Krejci — Ryder
Lucic — Sobotka — Satan
Paille — Begin — Thornton

Chara — Seidenberg
Stuart — Wideman
Hunwick — Boychuk

Thomas
Rask

IR: Marc Savard (concussion)
Probably notAndrew Ference (hernia/groin)

The connections:

  • Daniel Paille was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, by the Sabres in 2002. The Bruins’ acquisition of Paille from Buffalo on Oct. 20, 2009 was the first ever trade between the two clubs.
  • Shawn Thornton registered his first NHL career point against Buffalo.
  • Miroslav Satan spent seven-plus seasons in Buffalo, registering 456 points in 578 games with the Sabres.
  • Dennis Wideman was originally drafted by Buffalo, 241st overall, in the 2002 draft with Paille.
  • David Krejci and Matt Hunwick each played their first NHL game against the division rivals.

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