Best-of-seven series tied, 1-1 and the Sabres hoped to get a better playoff start than splitting the first 2 games at home and losing their top goal scorer. Now they have to play Monday night in Boston where the Bruins may be shaking their struggles at home. They may even treat their fans to a newfound scoring touch after a 5-3 victory Saturday.
The Bruins, the NHL’s second-lowest scoring team in the regular season, beat the Sabres after dropping the opener 2-1 two days earlier. What made Game 2 more damaging for Buffalo was the loss of T. Vanek with an apparent left foot injury.
“It’s tough. But no one said you’re going to walk through the playoffs,” goalie R. Miller said. “The good part is they don’t tell you what order you have to win. You just have to win four.”
The Sabres have struck first in each of the first two games of this series and are now 32-7-4 this season when getting the first goal. The Bruins have not beaten the Sabres in a postseason game in eight tries, dating back to a 5-4 overtime win in the first round of the 1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Now the Sabres get a chance to regain home ice advantage after coming close to sweeping the first two games before squandering a lead. It would help if their power play, scoreless in nine chances in the series, improved.
The Bruins are slight 54.4 percent favorites over the Sabres. The Bruins are favored because they have a +3 edge in shots on goal and are projected for 33 shots on goal vs. 30 shots for the Sabres. The Bruins goalie(s) have the edge in save percentage at 91.1% compared to the Sabres goalie(s) who have a forecasted save percentage of 91.3%.
The Sabres: 45-27-10
The Bruins: 39-30-13
The Sabres more recently:
While playing on Monday’s they are 4-6
Before playing Colorado they were 7-3
After playing Boston they are 5-5
After a loss they are 6-4
The Bruins more recently:
While playing on Monday’s were 7-3
Before playing Ottawa they are 3-7
After playing Buffalo they are 8-2
After a win they are 3-7
Next Game: The Bruins at home vs. the Sabres, on Wednesday, April 21