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Preview; Bruins return home to face Sabres in divisional game

January 20, 2011

After sweeping a home-and-home against the Hurricanes the Bruins will head home to face the Sabres for the second time this month. Interestingly enough the Bruins 7-6 shootout loss to the Sabres may have jumpstarted the Bruins offense. The Bruins have now won five of six, scoring 29 goals in that span.

If you recall, the last meeting between these two teams was a wacky 13-goal affair in which Drew Stafford was the difference by netting a hat trick. His goal explosion isn’t new either. In fact, Stafford has seven of his 15 goals against the Bruins in just three games. Luckily for Bruins fans Stafford is doubtful to play tonight thanks to a groin injury. Stafford has missed 15 games this season and when he is out of the lineup the Sabres GPG goes down 0.5 goals per game from 2.73 to 2.2.

The Sabres power-play has been hot lately. Five of their eight goals in the last three games have come on the man advantage. The Bruins power-play has scored three goals in the last two games. Tonight’s game will be the fourth of six meetings against the Sabres with the Bruins holding a 2-1-1 advantage.

Last time the teams played the Bruins took a 4-3 advantage to the first intermission but Tuukka Rask was pulled. Rask bounced back his next time out by looking sharp but it was a controversial decision as the young goaltender was looking for any scrape of confidence. Expect to see the Fin in net tonight after Thomas making back-to-back starts last time out and games coming every other day until the All-Star Break.

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