Will the Boston Bruins turn things around from their 3-1 matinee defeat against the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday and give some Easter treats to their fans? Or will they continue to struggle on the road and further skew the season series in favor of the Buffalo Sabres?
The hard facts of the Bruins’ performance lately are a little hard to face, but here they are: the fifth loss of their last six road games came in Philadelphia, they’re 2-4-1 in their last seven games and 4-5-1 in their last 10. Their ability to blow leads is infamous at this point. However, the Sabres often blow leads too, blowing two of them in this past week.
The good news, perhaps, for the Bruins is that Thomas Vanek may not be in the lineup today. He’s been on the mend from an upper-body injury and did skate yesterday, but the team’s interim coach Ron Rolston said that he’s not exactly where he needs to be yet. Vanek is sometimes known as the Bruins killer and put up a hat trick in the first of three games so far between these two teams this season.
In the three games played between two Northeast Division teams in this campaign so far, the Sabres have won two (Jan. 31 and Feb. 15) while the Bruins won one (Feb. 10). Rich Peverley, Brad Marchand and David Krejci scored in the 7-4 loss at the end of January. Marchand struck again in the Bruins’ 3-1 win, as did Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic. In the most recent meeting, a 4-2 loss, Peverley tallied a goal and so did Dougie Hamilton (so, of course they lost–they’ve been unable to win at all in a game where Hamilton scores).
The Bruins seem to understand that they’re not playing up to their potential lately and know they can do better. Lucic and Gregory Campbell especially spoke about how they need to work hard, find the next level and get back to where they can be. But talk is cheap–actions, however, are worth their weight in gold. See if the Bruins can put actions to words and treat their fans tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NESN and NBC Sports Network.