Boston Bruins Will Face Off Against Buffalo Sabres in First Round

April 13th, 2010 by Eric Appleby Leave a reply »
The No. 6 seed Boston Bruins will square off against the Northeast Division champion and No. 3 seed Buffalo Sabres in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Boston won four of the six regular-season meetings against Buffalo. Here is a preview for the first-round series:


This is going to be one matchup worth watching. Tuukka Rask is likely to get the start in net for Boston, and he deserves it.

Despite only playing in 45 games this season, he finished first in the NHL in goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.931). The Bruins will face off against Ryan Miller, one of the best goalies in the league. The Sabres' goalie finished second in the NHL in both GAA and save percentage (2.22, .929). Miller also finished fourth in wins with 41.

Boston is deeper at goaltending. They have Rask and their backup is Tim Thomas, the reigning Vezina Trophy winner.

One thing to point out: Rask has no NHL playoff experience.

As for Thomas, he does have experience, but he has won a playoff series just once, which was ...

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