Fight Night In Boston: BooHoo Buffalo Visits Boston
Buffalo Sabres (2-3-1) at Boston Bruins (5-0-1)
Christmas comes early for Boston. Anyone who's looking for some great, professional NHL hockey will be sorely disappointed tonight. Rivalries are usually born out of two great teams going head to head, usually, but not here...Buffalo and Boston are rivals simply because they hate each other. The Sabres come into tonight on a four game losing streak and the Bruins have won their last three and haven't lost a game in regulation all season. Last year, the Sabres spent a lot of money to buy a roster (and a Cup) and they didn't even make the post season. Tonight, knowing they are going to face a skilled team, with a goalie who has only allowed 9 goals and has a .932 SV% and all four lines with multi point games and a near perfect penalty kill, what do the Sabres do? Do they try to concentrate on a strong offensive and defensive effort? Nooooo...the bring in Steve Ott and John Scott and care more about coming across as "tough guys" (pause to allow yourself to giggle...ready?) than they do winning games.
The Good News
Buffalo is in town! Last year in five meetings, the Bruins beat the Sabres three times, two of those against Jonas Enroth. Ryan Miller topped the Bruins twice last season, both at Buffalo. I can't say for sure if Miller will play tonight. He loves to trash talk but never shows up. (UPDATE: MILLER WILL GET THE START) Is there anyone out there who actually likes this guy? Imagine being an American hero in the Olympics and in three years no one likes you. He has an affinity for cursing to the media in post game interviews and never taking responsibility for his mistakes. If you're following the twitter war between Sabres and Bruins fans you'll see all the trash talk of Milan Lucic, "the hit hurt 'round the world", November 12, 2011. Ryan Miller is garbage and the Sabres think adding Ott and Scott will intimidate the Bruins, but the Bruins are all about hockey right now, they'll fight if provoked but skill wise this is no competition. Four Sabres, including Patrick Kaleta, are out with injuries, Nathan Gerbe will take his spot in the line-up.
Adam McQuaid will be back for sure. NESN crush, Chris Bourque, will be a healthy scratch. Coach Claude Julien stated that Bourque is putting too much pressure on himself, maybe he should talk to the Boston media about inflating the career of a legend's son? Lane McDermid will be taking his spot, however not on the third line. Dan Paille will leave the Merlot Line to wing the third with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley, while McDermid will wing "ThornSoup". No complaints here. McDermid will add extra brawn to the Black and Gold's line up tonight.
The Bad News
There is a national chicken wing shortage. Oh and Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek have been playing well, but that's just two guys on one line.
Bruins by two.
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TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
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