Bruins to host Sabres; Bergeron and Marchand will play

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The Black-and-Gold return to action Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres. It will be the B’s first game back following the horrific Marathon bombing Monday afternoon. Their tilt against Ottawa was postponed and rescheduled in wake of the tragic events. Following practice Tuesday morning, the Bruins pledged to “play their hearts out” for a city in need of emotional relief.

Boston (26-11-4) will play host to Buffalo (18-19-6) in what will be the fifth and final meeting between the two clubs this year. The Bruins will be looking to win the season series. Each team has won two games a piece.

The B’s hope to snap a two game skid and will be getting some help in doing so. Patrice Bergeron, Boston’s heart and soul, is set for a return to action. Bergeron had sat out the prior six games with a mild concussion. His presence in the lineup will certainly help to solidify a group that has shown its fair share of inconsistencies in his absence. Brad Marchand will make his return as well. It is clear what his talents bring and mean to the team.

Buffalo comes into Boston having won three of their last five contests. A strong showing thus far in the month of April has the Sabres sitting only four points back of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Clinging to postseason hopes, the Sabres face a must win situation in this one.

Expect veteran leaders Thomas Vanek, Steve Ott, and Ryan Miller to have their guys ready go. The Sabres will be skating with great desperation and intensity. Buffalo has a “nothing to lose” attitude and is fully aware the fate of their season hinges on every play.

As for the Bruins, finding their stride with the playoffs rapidly approaching, is at the forefront of the to do list. Jaromir Jagr, Gregory Campell, and Tyler Seguin have been three of Boston’s hottest players. Each has stepped up their production in significant fashion with Bergeron and Marchand being out. Anton Khudobin is likely to the get the start in goal for the B’s. Anton is 2-1 against the Sabres this season. His last time out, Khudobin blanked Buffalo 2-0 at the First Niagara Center.

Emerging as victors at TD Garden would be an immense lift for the thousands affected by the recent despicable acts. The city of Boston is more than deserving of another Stanley Cup. In speaking to the media following today’s morning skate, Claude Julien said, “it’s all the same goal, to win the Stanley Cup.” The Bruins are getting healthy at the right time and the addition of Carl Soderberg makes the B’s a very deep, multi-faceted, dangerously versatile group.

All great runs begin somewhere and what better night to get it all started than tonight against a hated divisional rival. Boston will clinch their highly elusive postseason birth with a win. Soderberg did practice with the team Wednesday. He will wear #34 and it’s not yet clear if the Swedish newcomer will start. Andrew Ference will get a scheduled night of rest and Wade Redden will make his Bruins debut.

According to today’s morning skate, the Boston lineup projects as follows:

Campell-Krejci-Jagr

Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin

Paille-Kelly-Horton

Lucic-Peverley-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk

Seidenberg-Hamilton

McQuaid-Redden

Khudobin/Rask

 

Frank O’Laughlin – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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