There’s no place like home: After posting a 1-1-1 record on their last three-game road trip, the Bruins return home and will play five of their next six games at TD Garden. Boston is 9-6-2 on home ice. The Bruins desperately need to produce a winning record in this upcoming homestand in order to create some momentum in hopes of climbing in the Atlantic Division standings.
What have you done lately: The Bruins are treading along and have earned points in three of their last four games, posting a 1-1-2 record in that span. Boston is 2-5-1 in its last eight games and 3-6-2 in the last 11. The Sabres are in the midst of back-to-back games. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Sabres 5-1 Saturday night at Buffalo. The Sabres are 4-2-0 in their last six games.
We meet again: This is the third of four meetings between the Bruins and Sabres this season. The Bruins are 4-0-1 in their last five games against the Sabres, including 4-0 and a 3-2 overtime victories in the first two meetings this season. Boston is 6-5-1 against Atlantic Division opponents this season.
Masked Men: Despite a 1-2-2 record in his last five games, it appears Tuukka Rask will start against the Sabres. He has a career 6-5-1 record in 14 career games against Buffalo. Bruins backup Niklas Svedberg has had success against the Sabres this season, posting a 2-0-0 record with a 0.99 GAA and a .957 SP in both games against Buffalo. Overall, he’s 4-4-0 this season with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage in 10 games. Svedberg was outstanding in his last start, posting a 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday. The Sabres’ Jhonas Enroth suffered the loss against the Avalanche on Saturday night. If he plays back-to-back games, he’ll enter Sunday’s game with a 9-3-0 record, a .928 SP and a 2.37 GAA in his last 12 games. In 10 career games against the Bruins, he’s 1-5-3 with a 3.78 GAA and a .895 SP.