Game #59: Boston Bruins (37-16-4) vs. Buffalo Sabres (16-34-8)
Location: First Niagara Center
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBCSN/98.5 The Sports Hub
The Boston Bruins will kick-off their post-Sochi stretch run on Wednesday against divisional foe Buffalo. This meeting will mark the fourth between the two clubs this season. Boston has taken two of the previous three games from Buffalo. In those wins, the Bruins offensive exploded, as they posted a combined total of nine goals.
All of Boston’s Olympians will be in the lineup with the exception of one. Tuukka Rask has returned home from Sochi, but he did not make the trip to Buffalo with his teammates. Rask will remain in Boston to rest. Chad Johnson will get the nod it net.
Claude Julien returned to conduct practice on Tuesday and he has his team ready to make a playoff push. The Bruins have not played since Feb. 8. They will be looking to add to a stretch of games that saw them head into the Olympic hiatus having accumulated points in nine of 10 games.
Buffalo was in action Tuesday night in a make-up game against the Carolina Hurricanes. They won it 3-2. The Sabres are far from playoff conetention, though they certainly relish an oppurtunity to lay a beating on their hated rival. Boston will surely be tested even though the separation in the stadnings insinuates otherwise.
Defenseman Adam McQuaid has been practicing with his teammates. McQuaid had been nursing a leg injury. It’s believed that he’ll sit out Wednesday’s tilt and make a return to the lineup on Saturday against the Capitals.