Feb 24th NHL Hockey Prediction: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Bruins are 2-2-0 on their six-game road trip and have not won back-to-back games since Jan. 10 and 12. The Sabres have won two straight and need all the points they can get right now, as they currently sit six points behind the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.
Boston Bruins (36-20-2): Boston and Buffalo have already played an entire season’s worth of memorable games, with Milan Lucic knocking out Ryan Miller in a 6-2 win on Nov. 12 and the Bruins rallying for a 4-3 shootout win at the Sabres 11 days later. But things have not been so great for Boston lately, with the offense and the defense taking turns disappointing. Both units had an off night on Feb. 8, when Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas yielded three goals apiece in the Bruins’ worst loss of the season. They snapped a two-game skid with a 4-2 victory at St. Louis on Wednesday.
Buffalo Sabres (26-27-7): Miller was the star of the Feb. 8 meeting, stopping 36 shots while Jason Pominville scored a pair of goals. Buffalo has just one power-play goal in February, but has bounced back nicely from a four-game slide. After posting a 6-2 home win over Pittsburgh on Sunday, Miller made 30 saves to key a 2-1 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Pominvile has 12 points – six goals – in the past nine games and Derek Roy has been sharp, notching five points in the last two contests.
Lucic recorded a goal and an assist on
Wednesday – his first multi-point game since Jan. 31.
2. Miller is 21-6-7 with a 2.58 goals-against average in 34 career games against Boston.
3. Buffalo D Robyn Regehr (upper body) is day-to-day.
NHL PREDICTION: Bruins 3, Sabres 2