The Sabres face a good, young team in Boston.

December 19, 2017

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Who are these Boston Bruins that are third in the Atlantic Division? Some good drafting has given this team a mixture of young and old that’s working.

Boston is getting contributions from many kids including 2016 first round pick Charlie McAvoy.

Others are:

Jake DeBrusk 2015 1st round pick

Brandon Carlo 2015 2nd round pick

David Pastrnak 2014 1st round pick

Danton Heinen 2014 4th round pick

Anders Bjork 2014 5th round pick

Matt Grzelcyk 2012 3rd round pick

Their first round pick in 2012, Malcolm Subban is tending goal in Vegas and 5th round pick Seth Griffith is now with the Sabres down in Rochester.

The last Sabres 3rd round pick to contribute in the NHL is Brayden McNabb who was taken in 2009.

Before that, it was Corey Tropp in 2007 and Andrej Sekera in 2004.

Nick Baptiste was taken in 2013, but has only played 18 games.

The last 4th round pick of any significance was Marcus Foligno in 2009 and then Chris Butler in 2005.

I’ll stop after we look at the 5th round. That takes us back to Alex Biega in 2006 and Nate Gerbe in 2005.

The Bruins took apart Columbus last night 7-2. Boston has gotten points in 7-of-9 games going 6-2-1.

The power play has scored in 6-of-7 games going 8-of-28 or 28.6 percent.

Tuukka Rask has played last night and has gone in 9-of-10 games. He’s 6-0-1 in his last seven decisions.

Anton Khudobin has given up four goals in each of his last two starts. He didn’t finish the one game in Nashville leaving after 24:10 of work.

Khudobin is 7-2-2 with a 2.67 goals against and .915 save percentage.

Pastrnak is at a point per game pace with 15 goals. He’s on a league leading 12-game point streak where he’s netted five goals and nine assists for 14 points.

Brad Marchand has points in nine consecutive games since coming back from injury. He has six goals and eight assists for 14 points in the nine games.

The rookie Heinen has four goals and five assists for nine points in seven games.

In their only game of the season, the Sabres came roaring back from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Bruins in overtime, 5-4.

Jack Eichel scored near the end of the second period to make it 4-2 and then Benoit Pouliot and Evander Kane tied it in the third.

Ryan O’Reilly won it at the 2:59 mark of the extra session.

The Sabres have only one win in five games, but have points in 5-out-of-6.

Robin Lehner didn’t play against Carolina, but is back tonight. In his last five games he’s given up two goals in three of them.

Lehner is 7-13-4 with a 2.84 goals against and .911 save percentage.

Jack Eichel was flying against the Hurricanes and hopes to build on a three goal and one assist performance. Eichel has four goals and five assists for nine points in his last seven games.

Evander Kane had three assists, and points in six out of seven games.

It looks like Scott Wilson, Josh Gorges and Justin Falk are the scratches. With Jacob Josefson returning to the lineup, Buffalo is completely healthy for the first time all season. Taylor Fedun is still out, but is likely go back to Rochester when he’s ready.


Tuesday’s lines were:

Kane  Eichel  Pominville

Pouliot  O’Reilly  Okposo

Nolan  Josefson  Rodrigues

Girgensons  Larsson  Reinhart


Scandella  Ristolainen

Beaulieu  Bogosian

McCabe  Antipin

Gorges  Falk


Join Schopp and the Bulldog at 6:30 for the pregame, live from 716 when they’ll be joined by Phil Housley, Marco Scandella and Jacob Josefson.