The last team the Sabres probably want to see visit HSBC Arena under the circumstances is the Boston Bruins, who have won four straight and nine of their last 10.
Head-to-head, the Bruins have won two of three games with Buffalo and picked up five of six points. Chuck Kobasew has burned the Sabres for 3-1-4 totals and a plus-5 rating in those three games.
Sabres player to watch: The Bruins have struggled to contain Thomas Vanek in the teams’ first three meetings, as the star winger has put up 2-1-3 totals and a plus-1 rating, and he’s squeezed off 11 shots on net. The last time these teams met, the Bruins rallied from behind for a 7-4 win, but Vanek had recorded two goals and one assists before the first intermission. It’ll behoove the Bruins to keep a closer eye on Vanek and make sure this game doesn’t turn into another track meet.
Quotable: Bruins center Marc Savard reflected the attitude of the entire team when asked about the type of game the Black and Gold want to play in Buffalo on Thanksgiving Eve.
“We don’t really expect that to happen, obviously. But if it goes that way, we’ll be ready for it. I think, we’re on the road, we’ll keep it pretty simple and try to win that any way. Our goal is to come out of there 1-0, but that doesn’t always happen. … That’s what we’re trying to do, but if it gets going (the other way) we’re comfortable playing any way.”