Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will face off against the Sabres. The Bruins are gunning for back-to-back wins for the first time in nearly two months. Buffalo is coming off a 3-2 overtime win over Carolina.
Tim Thomas should get the start in goal. Marty Turco will be his backup.
Benoit Pouliot (lower body) might not be available. If Pouliot can’t play, Max Sauve will be in the lineup. Daniel Paille (upper body) and Andrew Ference (lower body) are likely out.
Puck drop: 7 p.m.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Records: Sabres 31-28-8, Bruins 39-23-3
Projected Bruins lineup:
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Tyler Seguin
Brian Rolston- Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand
Max Sauve-Chris Kelly-Jordan Caron
Lane MacDermid-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Greg Zanon-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Mike Mottau
Storylines: Paille, Ference, and Pouliot skated prior to an optional morning skate today. They are all day-to-day… This will be the Bruins’ first look at Buffalo with Cody Hodgson and without Paul Gaustad and Zack Kassian. Life should be easier for Patrice Bergeron, who often found himself squaring off against Gaustad in the faceoff circle… Ryan Miller is back to his ace form. Miller is 7-1-1 with a 1.65 GAA and a .949 save percentage in his last nine starts. Doubtful Miller will be traded during the offseason… Ian Walsh and Tim Peel will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tony Sericolo will be the linesmen.