Causeway gameday! Boston Bruins shouldn’t discount the Sabres

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a left glove save during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks on October 19, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35) makes a left glove save during a game between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks on October 19, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Canucks 6-3. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Boston Bruins should not take the struggling Buffalo Sabres lightly for their first divisional battle of the young season.

The Boston Bruins – Buffalo Sabres rivalry is arguably the most underrated in the league. Bad blood has built through years and years of hard divisional battles. Remember when Milan Lucic barreled into Ryan Miller?

Both teams are very different with the infusion of younger players.  However, the animosity has spilled over to the new generation. For example, see the hit that knocked David Backes out with a concussion last season and the ensuing Adam McQuaid fight.

The Sabres hold a .502 all-time winning percentage against the Bs, so there is no reason to believe history is on the Bruins’ side. The banged up Bs will need to earn two points tonight against the Sabres. Despite their early struggles, the Sabres aim to prove themselves to not be a pushover.

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BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 31: Boston Bruins right defenseman Kevan Miller (86) lets Buffalo Sabres left wing Nicolas Deslauriers (44) have it from the penalty box during a regular season NHL game between the Boston Bruins and the Buffalo Sabres on December 31, 2016 at TG Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Sabres 3-1. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Where to watch and listen

When & Where: 7:00pm EST at TD Garden, Boston

Watch: NESN, MSG-B

Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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The start to the season has been far from ideal for the Bruins. Plagued by continuous injuries to key players, the Bs have stumbled while trying to find their footing. However, all is not lost as the Bs are blessed with a relatively weak schedule after winning their opening night test against the Predators.

The Bruins and their fans should put the lackluster start behind them. The team has another chance for redemption in their first divisional game today. After the return of Bergeron and Backes, there appears to be a feeling of a fresh start. The team currently sits at .500 on the season, with a 3-3-0 record.

The Bs can’t rely on four points a game from Bergy,  He was dominant in his first game of the season, but his importance to the team extends well beyond his stat line. If the Bruins’ continue their inspired play, they may find themselves with a winning record despite their misfortunes.

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