Bruins look for seventh straight win, lineups against Sabres

Apr 22, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju (10) looks to block a pass by Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 22, 2021; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Henri Jokiharju (10) looks to block a pass by Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) during the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Boston Bruins continued their red-hot play last night as they captured their sixth straight win since the trade deadline when they acquired Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, and Mike Reilly. Tonight, the B’s play the Buffalo Sabres for the third time in a row as they look to sweep the three-game set.

Last night, the Black and Gold started off a bit slow. Through the first two periods, they scored just two goals and allowed a goal to a defensively challenged team that they shutout just two nights prior.

However, they exploded in the third period for three goals, even getting a goal from left wing Nick Ritchie who hadn’t scored in 10 games. Prior to last night, the B’s entire third line had been pointless since the trade deadline.

Tonight, Boston will look to continue their win streak and extend to seven games by controlling play and scoring a lot of goals against this last-place Buffalo team.

Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres projected lineups.

Boston Bruins
Record: 27-12-6 (60 points)

For the seventh straight game, there will not be a change to the B’s forwards group. However, defenseman Kevan Miller will make his return tonight after missing the previous few games with an injury. He’ll go in for Connor Clifton.

Tuukka Rask will be back in goal after Jeremy Swayman started last night. Rask received the entire night off last night as Jaroslav Halak is back from COVID-19 and backed up Swayman. I expect Halak to back up Rask tonight.

Expect the Bruins to look like this tonight:

Marchand – Bergeron – Pastrnak
Hall – Krejci – Smith
Ritchie – Coyle – DeBrusk
Kuraly – Lazar – Wagner

Grzelcyk – McAvoy
Reilly – Miller
Lauzon – Kampfer

Rask (Halak)

Buffalo Sabres
Record: 12-28-7 (31 points)

The Sabres will not make any changes to their lineup from last night for tonight except in net. Buffalo’s top goaltending prospect, Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, will make his NHL debut tonight with Dustin Tokarski getting a break and backing him up.

Expect the Sabres to look like this tonight:

Skinner – Reinhart – Olofsson
Asplund – Mittelstadt – Thompson
Bjork – Cozens – Ruotsalainen
Rieder – Sheahan – Caggiula

Samuelsson – Ristolainen
Dahlin – Jokiharju
Bryson – Borgen

Luukkonen (Tokarski)

Where and when to watch Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres.

Time: 7 PM EST

Location: KeyBank Center

TV Broadcast: NESNplus, MSG-B, ESPN+

Radio Broadcast: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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As mentioned previously, like several other teams, the B’s have dominated the Sabres this season. They haven’t lost a game since the before the trade deadline and will be looking for their seventh win in a row and their sixth win against the Sabres tonight.