The Edge: Buffalo Sabres vs. Boston Bruins—Defense

April 12th, 2010 by Spencer Timkey Leave a reply »
The Edge will break down the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins to see which team has the advantage at each position.

Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo's defense comes into the postseason underrated. With no big names, it is easy to overlook the Sabres' blueline.

Although many of them may be journeymen, this is a solid group that plays well together. Calder Trophy favorite Tyler Myers leads Buffalo in almost every defensive category. Through 82 games, the "Big Easy" has lit the lamp 11 times, dished out 37  helpers, is a +13, and averages the most minutes out of any Sabre (24:44 T.O.I.).

Henrik Tallinder, paired with Myers for most of the season, is a solid penalty killer and a fan favorite. The Swede has played in all 82 games and owns a feel-good +13.

Buffalo will look for these two to lead the charge in the postseason. Myers, a monstrous 6'8'', 220 pounds, is a physical force that wins puck battles.

Inconsistency plagues Toni Lydman and Craig Rivet, both veteran blueliners. Rivet has just 15 points through 78 games and Lydman is prone to take bad penalties. Rivet, the captain, must step up his game if Buffalo wants ...

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