Boston Bruins Try to Focus on Next Opponent, Buffalo Sabres

By Justin Söderberg
Bruins Sabres
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The Boston Bruins were supposed be in action on Monday night against the Ottawa Senators for a Patriot’s Day bout. However, following the horrific acts which took place at the finish line of the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, the team and the NHL decided to postpone the playing of the game to another date. No future date has been announced yet.

With the craziness in Boston right now, the Bruins are trying to focus on their next opponent, but not forget the people who were injured or passed away on Monday afternoon. They have a job to do, playing hockey, but the athletes are also human and most of the Bruins live in the city of Boston. Feelings can creep into everything, but they will have to try and put them aside to do their jobs.

The Bruins welcome the Buffalo Sabres into the TD Garden on Wednesday night for their final match-up of the regular season. The two teams have split the first four match-ups, 2-2.

Tuukka Rask is expected to be in net on Wednesday night for the Bruins. The last time and only time out for Rask against the Sabres, the goaltender posted a 6.10 goals against average with a .806 save percentage. He let six goals past him on 31 shots and was handed the loss. On the season, the 26-year-old is 17-8-4 with a .929 save percentage and 1.99 goals against average. His save percentage is good for third in the NHL, while he GAA is good for fifth.

Sabres fans can be sure they will be starting Ryan Miller between the pipes. The goaltender has started all four games against the Bruins this season. He has posted a 2-2 record with a 2.53 goals against average and .930 save percentage. On the season, Miller is 14-17-5 with a 2.84 goals against average and .913 save percentage. His save percentage is 21st in the NHL, while his GAA is horrible at 37th.

Lost in the sadness and aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions is the arrival of Carl Soderberg to the Bruins. The Swedish forward is expected to be in Boston, Mass. on Wednesday and is hopefully going to be in the lineup. His long awaited arrival is finally upon us, and Bruins fans are looking forward to seeing the flashy Swede on the Garden ice.

Additionally, the newest Sabres’ defenseman, Chad Ruhwedel, is making his first homecoming after signing with Sabres last Saturday. Ruhwedel spent three seasons with the UMass Lowell River Hawks, leading them to their first ever Hockey East Championship and NCAA Frozen Four appearance. You can be sure members of his former team will be in attendance on Wednesday.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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