Sabres limp into Boston looking for points

October 21, 2017

Boston, MA (WGR 550) - The Sabres get another chance to improve on their 1-5-2 start with a game in Boston tonight.

Buffalo has played two very bad games in a row that have resulted in losses to Vegas and Vancouver.

The Sabres come in with injuries to Zach Bogosian, Nate Beaulieu, Josh Gorges, Justin Falk, Zemgus Girgensons, Jacob Josefson and Evan Rodrigues.

Kyle Okposo has not had a good start to his season and Phil Housley benched him for some of the second period and almost all of the third. Okposo only played 9:23 in the game. Housley also benched veteran Matt Moulson who played 7:24.

Buffalo was playing the team that was worst in the NHL at creating offense and was playing its third game in four nights on the road. The Sabres got dominated as Vancouver had 41 shots at Chad Johnson and 56 shots attempted.

Phil Housley hasn’t said, but there’s a chance that Robin Lehner will be back in the net tonight. Johnson has played the last three games. Lehner is 0-3-1 with a 3.14 goals against and .900 save percentage. Housley did not have a morning skate for his team, so there was no lineup news.

Buffalo’s penalty kill will have to be good as Boston was 4-for-8 on Thursday against the Canucks. After a horrendous night in Los Angeles, the Sabres have killed off 12-of-13 penalties.

Buffalo had three power play goals in Vegas, but are 0-12 in the four games around that one.

Ryan O’Reilly is starting to get on the scoresheet as he has four points in three games. Jason Pominville has gone cold as he hasn’t scored in four.

Both Jack Eichel and Evander Kane have 10 points in eight games.

Boston is 3-3-0, but is dealing with a key injury. Tuukka Rask has a concussion and missed Thursday’s game. Anton Khudobin took his place. He’s 2-0-0 with a 2.16 goals against and .928 save percentage.

The Bruins have won two of three beating the Canucks and Arizona. Boston lost in Vegas.

Boston’s powerplay went 2-for-3 in Arizona before going 0-for-3 against the Golden Knights.

Bruins winger Brad Marchand has point in all but one game this season. Overall he has four goals and five assists for nine points in six games.

Rookie Anders Bjork has three goals and four points in his last three games.

Patrick Bergeron played his first game of the season against the Canucks and showed his value scoring a goal and three assists.

David Pastrnak is also heating up with three goals and five points in three games.

Join Brian Koziol for the pregame at 6:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Taylor Fedun and Zach Redmond.