Fan Preview: Can the Boston Bruins End the Season with a Win Against Buffalo?

For the Boston Bruins, the regular season is coming to an end and the games that really matter will be underway shortly. The Bruins have certainly had their fair share of ups and downs this season, but they have managed to pull it together when it matters most.

Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins
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This final game of the season against the Buffalo Sabres will have virtually no meaning. Boston is locked into the No. 2 spot while Buffalo did not make it into the playoffs this season. Look for the Bruins to have a more relaxed approach for the game as they gear up for the postseason.

The matchup:

The Boston Bruins will take on the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden located in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 4 p.m. EDT.

The standings:

Boston comes into the game having won their last game and with a 48-29-4 record. They are 23-14-3 on their home ice and have won just seven of their last 10 games.

Buffalo enters the matchup having lost their last game and with a 39-32-10 record. They are 18-20-2 on the road and have won six of their last 10 games.

The season series:

The season series currently stands at 3-2 in favor of the Bruins.

Where to watch:

The game can be watched live nationwide with NHL Center Ice or—

In Boston: NESN

In Buffalo: MSG

The season statistic leaders:

Boston: Tuukka Rask- 2.05 GAA, Brad Marchand- 27 goals, Zdeno Chara- 40 assists, Tyler Seguin- 65 points.

Buffalo: Ryan Miller- 2.55 GAA, Jason Pominville- 29 goals, Jason Pominville- 43 assists, Jason Pominville- 72 points.

Injuries to note:

Boston: Johnny Boychuk (mild knee sprain), Adam McQuaid (cut above left eye), Tuukka Rask (abdominal/groin), Nathan Horton (concussion), Marc Savard (concussion).

Buffalo: Tyler Myers (foot), Christian Ehrhoff (lower-body injury), Jochen Hecht (concussion).

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Sources:

All stats provided by NHL.com

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Updated Friday, Apr 6, 2012