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Wednesday, October 23rd (All times Eastern)

Boston Bruins (5-2-0) at Buffalo Sabres (1-8-1), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - With a matchup looming against one of the current top teams in the NHL, the Boston Bruins will try to avoid looking past the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night as the two Atlantic Division rivals square off in Western New York.

Boston is set to play on back-to-back nights for the first time this season as it returns home following this road contest to host the 8-0-1 San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

First, the Bruins visit a Sabres team that is just 1-8-1 on the season but did win three of five over Boston last season. One of those victories came in overtime and Buffalo has claimed five of its past eight at home in this series.

The Bruins conclude a three-game road trip with this game having already won contests over Florida and Tampa Bay. Tuukka Rask made 23 saves in Saturday's 5-0 victory over the Lightning.

Rask, who has started all seven of Boston's games this season, notched his 17th career shutout as the Bruins won for the fifth time in seven games.

Five different skaters scored in Saturday's win: David Krejci, Adam McQuaid, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Shawn Thornton.

"I think everyone showed up from the drop of the puck tonight and it showed on the scoreboard," said Bergeron. "We kept pushing the whole game and wound up with a good result."

Rask is 4-5-1 with a 2.71 goals against average in 12 career meetings with the Sabres, but head coach Claude Julien could opt to give back Chad Johnson the start tonight and save a fresh Rask for the Sharks.

Johnson made four starts with Phoenix a season ago and has never faced Buffalo.

The Sabres have lost two straight since beating the New York Islanders on Oct. 15 for their first win of the season. They were bested 4-2 by the Colorado Avalanche last time out on Saturday.

Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno scored for Buffalo, which has been outscored 13-1 in the first period this season after yielding a pair of goals to the Avs in the first 20 minutes.

"I think we came on strong later and started playing with the puck more," said Hodgson. "We know we can play, but we just have to stop getting behind the eight-ball so early."

Ryan Miller allowed all four goals on 26 shots. He is 25-8-7 with a 2.51 GAA in 40 lifetime starts versus the Bruins.

The Sabres gave 18-year-old defenseman Nikita Zadorov, the 16th overall pick of the most recent draft, his NHL debut on Saturday. Zadorov became the fourth teenager to play for Buffalo this season, joining 19-year-olds Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons as well as 18-year-old Rasmus Ristolainen.

10/23 10:31:18 ET

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Schedule

Friday, April 18Full Scoreboard
Montreal 4/18 7:00 PM ET
Tampa Bay @theRink | TV: CNBC, CBC, RDS, FSN-FL
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Montreal leads series, 1-0.
Detroit 4/18 7:30 PM ET
Boston @theRink | TV: NBCSN, TSN, FSN-DET, NESN
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Dallas 4/18 10:00 PM ET
Anaheim @theRink | TV: NBCSN, TSN, FSN-SW
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Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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