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Sabres meet Bruins without Eichel tonight

⏰ 7 p.m.   ? MSG   ? WGR550

The Buffalo Sabres will look to make it two in a row as they travel to the TD Garden in Boston to take on the Bruins. After getting a much-needed win Thursday night against the Florida Panthers, the Sabres will try to take back third place in the Eastern Conference.

Season series: This is the fourth and final meeting between the clubs this season, with Boston holding a 2-1 edge. Boston’s victories both came at KeyBank Center with a 4-0 shutout in Buffalo’s first game of the season and a 3-2 overtime win last Saturday. Buffalo’s lone victory came back in mid-December, a 4-2 win on Boston’s home ice.

Buffalo notes: With the team’s recent struggles, it is safe to say that the win against the Panthers on Thursday may have been the Sabres biggest win of the season. Jeff Skinner showed why he deserves a spot on the All-Star team, picking up his 27th and 28th goals of the season.

The Sabres will once again be without Jack Eichel, who was already ruled of tonight’s game earlier this week. The coaching staff is being extra cautious and will reevaluate the injury after the weekend.

Boston notes: The Bruins are quietly making their way up the standings in the Eastern Conference and are now tied with the Sabres with 50 points. They have won three straight games, including the Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks, followed by a 6-4 win over Calgary on Thursday. 

Starting goaltenders: Linus Ullmark will be back in goal after he earned the win against the Panthers two nights ago. Tuukka Rask will start for Boston. 

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NHL Standings

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Atlantic Division Leaders:
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179-5-321
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
1913-2-430
1612-3-125
1710-5-222
Wild Card leaders:
1710-6-121
178-4-521
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176-10-113
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Central Division Leaders:
1812-3-327
1710-5-222
179-5-321
Pacific Division Leaders:
1912-5-226
2010-7-323
1810-6-222
Wild Card leaders:
189-6-321
1810-7-121
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199-7-321
189-8-119
188-8-218
176-7-416
187-10-115
176-10-113
175-11-111