BUFFALO — Greetings from the First Niagara Center, where the Bruins have just completed their day-of-game workout in preparation of tonight’s game against the Sabres.
The Bruins were here Sunday and dropped a 3-1 loss on the hapless Sabres, then followed that up with a 4-3 OT loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night at the Garden. This ends their three-game test against the Evil Empire State.
Anton Khudobin, in net here on Sunday, was the first goalie to leave the ice after the late-morning workout. He is likely to get the call this eve, with Rask more likely to go Sunday vs. the Jets.
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff this morning said Boston may be the fastest team in the league.
Puck drop: 7:05 p.m. EST
Record: Bruins, 8-1-2; Sabres, 5-8-1.
TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Dan Paille-Greg Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid
Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson (D), Jay Pandolfo (F).
Storylines: This is the start of a five-game road trip for the Bruins, with stop No. 2 Sunday in Winnipeg, the only city the Bruins will visit this season that is not in the Eastern time zone… Boston coach Claude Julien did not reveal to the media his choice for starting goalie, saying on that his goalie tonight will be European. Tuukka Rask is Finnish, while Khudobin was born in Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR…Ex-Devil Jay Pandolfo, who signed a contract with Boston this weeek, is traveling with the team. No telling when he will make his first start… Tonight’s guys in stripes: Don VanMassenhoven and Brad Meier are the refs, with Mark Shewchyk and David Brisebois working the lines.