Boston Bruins (37-16-4) at Buffalo Sabres (15-34-8)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 26, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Buffalo Sabres +181 / Boston Bruins -200 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Sabres look for their second win in as many nights as they host the Bruins a night after they upended the Hurricanes.
The Bruins head into the final stretch of the NHL regular sitting atop the Atlantic division and are just five points back of the Penguins for top spot in the Eastern Conference but with a ton of those donning the black and yellow playing in Sochi over the last two weeks it’ll be interesting to see how they respond. Boston is loaded from top to bottom and are certainly capable of repeating as Eastern Conference champions but they’ll need a little more in the tank offensively if they’re going to compete with some of the top teams in the game. With the trade deadline fast approaching it’ll be interesting to see what GM Peter Chiarelli does with his roster but the acquisition of a role playing forward is certainly in the cards. Chad Johnson gets the call for the Bruins here as Tuukka Rask recovers from his Olympics journey but the Bruins backup has been sensational posting an 11-3 record this season.
The Sabres have been the league doormat all season long and they too will be very active come trade deadline time but for very different reasons. The Sabres will undoubtedly be sellers next Wednesday and both Matt Moulson and Ryan Miller are rumored to be on their way out of town with the latter garnering a huge price tag for a team looking to make a playoff push. Buffalo played in their first post-Olympic contest last night at home against the Hurricanes and it was Miller who looked good posting the victory in what is only Buffalo’s 10th victory of the season on home ice. Jhonas Enroth is already confirmed as the starter in this one as he goes up against a very tough Bruins team and while I am inclined to grab some value with the Sabres I think the fact the Bruins had a ton of Olympic participant’s plays in their favour here and they won’t show any signs of rust. Take the Bruins in regulation.