Buffalo Sabres vs Boston Bruins 4/22/21 Game Preview

The Sabres and Bruins face off for game number two in this week’s three game series tonight at KeyBank Center. 

The Bruins got the better of the Sabres on Tuesday, shutting them out 2-0. The Sabres had their fair share of chances, but it was just one of those games where they couldn’t find the back of the net. 

The Bruins enter the game on a five-game winning streak.

Expected Lines: 

Sabres

Skinner – Reinhart – Olofsson

Asplund – Mittelstadt – Thompson

Bjork – Cozens – Ruotsalainen

Rieder – Sheahan – Caggiula

Samuelsson – Ristolainen

Dahlin – Jokiharju

Bryson – Borgen

Tokarski

Bruins

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak 

Hall – Krejci – Smith

Ritchie – Coyle – Debrusk

Kuraly – Lazar – Wagner

Grzelcyk – McAvoy

Reilly – Clifton

Lauzon – Campfer

Swayman

Season Series

The Bruins are 4-0 against the Sabres this season. 

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen Watch 

Interim HC Don Granato confirmed this morning that Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen will make his NHL debut on Friday against the Bruins.

Dustin Tokarski gets the start tonight after a strong game on Tuesday despite the loss.

Boston’s Special Teams 🔥 and ❄️

The Bruins are 1-for-16 on the power play in their last five games. 

On the other hand, their penalty kill is 1st in the NHL (86.27%)

Will Borgen Returns

Defenseman Will Borgen returns to the lineup after suffering a fractured forearm against the Devils in late February.  

Borgen impressed in his first major call up with Buffalo since being drafted in 2015. He’s extremely mobile for his size and was a perfect compliment to Rasmus Dahlin in his brief stint with the Sabres earlier this season. 

He’ll line up next to Jacob Bryson against the Bruins. 

Other Notes: 

  • Casey Mittelstadt has seven goals and ten points (7G, 3A) in his last 12 games. 
  • Rasmus Dahlin has eight points (2G, 6A) in his last 10 games.
  • Sam Reinhart has four goals and five points (4G, 1A). 

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