BUFFALO, N.Y. — It’s been two and a half weeks since the Bruins played their last game, but the team gets back on the ice tonight in Buffalo at the First Niagara Center against the Sabres.
Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson were back on the ice for morning skate, and will play for the team tonight despite still suffering from a bit of jet lag. Tuukka Rask, however, did not make the trip to Buffalo, with the Bruins bringing Chad Johnson and Niklas Svedberg.
The Bruins are well aware that it might be a sluggish start for them after the break.
“The hands are certainly going to be a bit of a debate there,” coach Claude Julien said. “Your timing is a little bit off, even if you’ve practiced. Practices and games are very different.
“So it’s going to be important for us to simplify our game but to focus on our skating a lot and the hands will follow.
“I think as the game goes on you’re going to see the team getting better and better, and probably that’s an advantage Buffalo has right now is they were able to get a lot of those kinks out and get themselves a win yesterday.”
Game time: 7:30 p.m.
TV/Radio: NBC Sports Network/98.5 The Sports Hub
Records: Bruins 37-16-4, Sabres 16-34-8
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Jarome Iginla
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly-Carl Soderberg-Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Kevan Miller
Notes: Adam McQuaid, who Julien had said was doubtful for tonight’s game, is officially out against the Sabres. The Bruins are hoping he can make his return on Saturday. He has been out since Jan. 19. … The game is the fourth of five this season against the Sabres. … The Bruins have 25 games left in the season, which will be played in a 47-day span. Ten of those games are at the TD Garden, and 15 are on the road. … The referees are Francois St. Laurent and Brian Pochmara. The linesmen are Mike Cvik and Brad Kovachik.