On Tuesday, the Buffalo Sabres (16-34-8) ended a four game losing streak against the Carolina Hurricanes. On Wednesday, Buffalo will look to win two consecutive games following the Olympic break as they play host to the Boston Bruins (37-16-4) at the First Niagara Center.
Ryan Miller and Christian Ehrhoff were two of the best players for the Sabres on Tuesday, and both helped carry Buffalo to the victory over Carolina. Ehrhoff scored two of Buffalo’s three goals including the game winning goal with 43.4 second left in the third period. Miller stood strong in the Buffalo net once again making 36 saves to solidify the win. Sabres interim coach Ted Nolan knows that Miller is a world class, elite goaltender even through all the trade speculations.
“It just shows what kind of goaltender we have in Ryan Miller and how important goaltending is,” Nolan said.”I don’t think we had too much reason to say we had a better team tonight, but Ryan Miller stole that game for us.”
The Sabres will continue to play throughout next Wednesday March 5th with many questions about other players besides Miller. Players such as Steve Ott and Matt Moulson are also the topic of trade talks as Tim Murray now looks to rebuild his Sabres team. Murray addressed the media before Tuesday’s game and said that he has had numerous teams approach him about 10-12 players on the roster.
The Bruins went into the Olympic break winners of seven of their last nine games. Boston had five players head to Sochi, and Patrice Bergeron (gold), Loui Eriksson (silver), and Tuukka Rask (bronze) are coming home medalists.
The Sabres got healthy over the break and had players like Cody McCormick, Matt Moulson, and Tyler Myers return from injury last night.
For the Bruins, Dennis Seidenberg is out the rest of the year with a torn ACL in his knee. The only other injury is Adam McQuaid, who is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
Jhonas Enroth is going to get the start for the Sabres, while Chad Johnson will get the start for the Bruins.
Opening face-off is scheduled for 7:30pm. The game will be aired on NBCSN and will be on WGR 550 AM.