BOSTON – Less than 24 hours after a brutal loss to Vancouver, the Sabres are back at it.
Here are Three Things to Know as Buffalo visits Boston on Saturday in TD Garden (7 p.m., MSG, WGR-AM 550).
1. Rebound expected
It wasn't easy to watch Friday's 4-2 loss to Vancouver the first time, but coach Phil Housley reviewed the film again. It still wasn't easy.
"When you look at the film, it's telling that Vancouver came to work and we weren't prepared to work," Housley said in TD Garden. "As coaches, we try to get them ready for the game, but it's up to them in that room and our leadership group. We've addressed that, so hopefully we'll be ready to play tonight."
The Sabres are just 1-5-2 while the Bruins are 3-3, including a 6-3 victory over the Canucks on Thursday.
"You have to keep reminding them what it's going to take to win," Housley said. "We're in a position right now where we've dug a little bit of a hole, so we need some urgency in our game. It's just relaying that message that it's hard to win in this league. You have to be ready when the puck drops and play a 60-minute game."
2. Lineup is game-time decision
Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu is out after suffering an upper-body injury Friday. Buffalo is carrying seven defensemen, including recent call-ups Taylor Fedun and Zach Redmond. All seven will take part in the pregame skate.
"Obviously, we're going to try different personnel and different lines, just to try to find that chemistry and try to find that consistent level that we're talking about," Housley said.
3. Robin Lehner returns
Chad Johnson started the previous three games for Buffalo, but Robin Lehner will be the goaltender against the Bruins. He's 0-3-1 this season with a .900 save percentage.
Lehner may not have to face high-scoring forward David Krejci, who is a game-time decision.
"I got hit in my upper-body last game," Krejci, who has five assists and six points in games, told Bruins media. "I don't think this is an injury that will be long-term. It was one of these things that happens. I really feel like it's day-to-day."
"Injuries are part of the game...it’s time for guys like me to step up and I’ll be ready.”
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— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 21, 2017
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