The Sabres were here just 10 days ago when they beat the Bruins 3-2, but now there is even more on the line for the Black and Gold as the race for the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference are even tighter.
The Bruins (85 points) lead the Rangers (84 Points) by a point for the final playoff spot and trail the Flyers (86 points) by a point for the seventh spot and Canadiens (87 points) for the sixth slot.
This is the last regular-season game of the season between these Northeast Division rivals, with the Bruins 3-2-0 against the Sabres thus far. In their last matchup on March 29, the Bruins lost 3-2 to Buffalo.
Tuukka Rask is 20-12-5 with a league-leading 1.99 goals-against average and .930 save percentage to go with five shutouts.
Tim Thomas is 16-18-8 with a 2.55 GAA, .915 save percentage and five shutouts.
Ryan Miller is 40-18-8 with a 2.23 GAA and .928 save percentage. The Vezina and Hart Trophy candidate has five shutouts.
Patrick Lalime is 4-6-2 with a 2.86 GAA and .904 save percentage.
Milan Lucic–Patrice Bergeron–Mark Recchi
Marco Sturm–David Krejci–Miroslav Satan
Blake Wheeler–Vladimir Sobotka–Michael Ryder
Daniel Paille–Steve Begin–Brad Marchand
Zdeno Chara–Dennis Wideman
Matt Hunwick–Johnny Boychuk
Andrew Bodnarchuk–Adam McQuaid
Tyler Ennis–Jochen Hecht–Jason Pominville
Tim Kennedy–Derek Roy–Drew Stafford
Nathan Gerbe–Paul Gaustad–Mike Grier
Raffi Torres–Matt Ellis–Adam Mair
Tyler Myers–Henrik Tallinder
Andrej Sekera–Steve Montador
Toni Lydman–Chris Butler
Andrew Ference is out until at least next week with a hernia and groin injury.
Mark Stuart is out for two weeks following surgery for cellulitis on his right pinky finger.
Dennis Seidenberg had surgery for a lacerated flexor carpi radialis tendon in his left forearm and is out for eight weeks.
Marc Savard is out indefinitely with a Grade 2 concussion.
Shawn Thornton has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day.
Craig Rivet has the flu and is day-to-day.
Thomas Vanek suffered a lower-body injury March 27 and is day-to-day.
Tim Connolly has a foot injury and is out indefinitely.
Patrick Kaleta had surgery on his right thumb and is out until at least the playoffs.
With a depleted lineup, specifically on defense and a struggling offense, the Bruins have no margin for error. Just as they did for the majority of their 3-2 overtime loss to the Capitals, they must keep it simple and stick within their game plan. Discipline and focus are of the utmost importance. They've proven they can beat the Sabres already, and with a crucial two points on the line, they must prove that again.
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