Buffalo visits Marchand and the Bruins
Boston; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Brad Marchand leads Boston into a matchup against Buffalo. He’s fourth in the NHL with 35 points, scoring 13 goals and recording 22 assists.
The Bruins are 3-2-3 in division play. Boston ranks eighth in the NHL recording 9.2 points per game, averaging 3.6 goals and 5.6 assists.
The Sabres are 4-2-0 in division matchups. Buffalo has converted on 20.6% of power-play opportunities, scoring 14 power-play goals.
The matchup Thursday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 2-6-2, averaging two goals, 3.1 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.5 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game with a .903 save percentage.
Bruins: 5-2-3, averaging 3.9 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.9 penalties and 11 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game with a .917 save percentage.
Bruins Injuries: None listed.
Sabres Injuries: Kyle Okposo: out indefinitely (upper body).