The Boston Bruins Are Playoff-Ready

April 13th, 2010 by Nathaniel Snow Leave a reply »
Finally, the NHL playoffs are here, and the Boston Bruins have drawn the Northeast Division-leading Buffalo Sabres in the quarterfinal series that begins Thursday night at HSBC Arena.

On paper, this series looks like it will be a goalie duel, pitting the No. 1 and No. 2 goals against averages during the regular season against each other.

Boston’s Tuukka Rask finished with a league-best 1.97 GAA in 45 games played.

Buffalo’s Ryan Miller , who is a favorite to win the Vezina trophy as the league's best goaltender, was close behind the 23-year-old Rask with a 2.22 GAA. Miller was between the pipes for 69 of the Sabres' 82 games this season, as well as back-stopping Team USA to an Olympic Silver medal, bringing considerably more weight to his strong numbers.

The Bruins were able to defeat the Sabres in four of their six meetings this season, including a 3-1 victory last Thursday (Apr. 8) at the TD Garden. Even though things look optimistic, with the B’s taking the season series, the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

With Miller in net for the Sabres, which he is sure to be every game, the teams split four game ...

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