A year after winning the Eastern Conference regular-season title, the sixth-seeded Bruins enter the NHL playoffs betting much different team. They’ve adopted a defensive-minded approach.
The Sabres are getting healthier. Leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek returned last weekend after missing six games with a groin injury. Top-line center Tim Connolly is set to return after missing the final nine games with a foot injury.
The Sabres offense features a balanced attack. Led by Derek Roy’s 69 points (26 goals, 43 assists), the Sabres were one of only three teams to have 12 players with 10 or more goals this season. What counts more is having a difference maker in Miller, who showed no signs of fatigue by going 11-4-1 following the Olympic break.
The Sabres are solid 64.2 percent favorites over the Bruins. The Sabres are favored because they have a +1 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 32 shots on goal vs 31 shots for the Bruins. The Sabres goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 92.3% compared to the Bruins goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 90.3%.
The Bruins: 39-30-13
the Sabres: 45-27-10
Bruins more recently:
While playing on Thursday ‘s they are 5-5
Before playing Ottawa they were 3-7
After playing Washington they are 3-7
After a win they are 3-7
Sabres more recently:
While playing on Thursday’s they are 7-3
Before playing Colorado they were 7-3
After playing New Jersey they are 4-6
After a loss are they 6-4
The Sabres at home vs the Bruins, Saturday, April 17