Streaking Sabres a tough opponent

Following an optional game day skate for the Bruins, head coach Claude Julien reiterated that Tuesday night’s game with the Buffalo Sabres won’t be easy for the Bruins. Despite leading the Sabres by six points in the Northeast Division and beating them 5-2 at Buffalo on November 3, the Bruins will be facing an improved squad that has posted back-to-back shutouts. In their last 14 games the Sabres are 8-5-1.

2010 Vezina Trophy winner Ryan Miller appears to have regained his form and will carry a shutout streak of 148 minutes, 14 seconds into tonight’s game. Miller made 19 saves in a 5-0 win over Columbus Friday and stopped 32 shots in a 1-0 victory against Ottawa on Saturday.

“The goaltender has found his game obviously and that has really helped them,” said Julien Tuesday morning. “They’re definitely playing with a lot more confidence and conviction. I see them coming hard on the offense. They seem to have four guys up the ice all the time and even in the offensive zone. Their D’s aren’t afraid to slide up there. So they’re a good team. I don’t see us going into this game any other way than thinking it’s going to be a tough game.”

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton echoed the sentiments of his bench boss and pointed out that this should be looked at as a rivalry game, especially after the two teams battled through a six-game series in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals last season, which the Bruins won.

“It’s a rivalry game so you want to win those games,” Thornton said. “You need those games to get further ahead in the standings.”