The Buffalo Sabres, the Boston Bruins’ opponent for a Garden matinee Saturday, have been flip flopping with Carolina in the eighth and ninth spots in the Eastern Conference for the better part of the last two weeks.
But that doesn’t mean that they’re any less dangerous than they were earlier in the season when many had them pegged as Northeast Division title contenders and even handed the Bruins a shootout loss in October.
“Obviously, they’re fighting for a playoff spot,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington today. “They’re right in there in the mix. They’ve played us pretty well this year so far. And they’re a team that makes it hard for you to break out of your own end; they’re very aggressive. They’ll pinch the walls. So anything you want to do along the walls, you’re going to be in a battle. … I think they’re probably a team right now that feels – and rightfully so – that they should in a higher mix than the bottom spots. But as some point they’re going to find their groove and you just hope it’s not against your team.”