Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/15/13
12:30 p.m. ET: For the second time in six days, the Bruins have made a trip up to Buffalo for another Northeast Division clash with the Sabres. The B’s start their weekend on Friday night at the First Niagara Center where they will take on the Sabres for the third time already this season. The two teams have split those meetings, with the Sabres embarrassing Boston in their own building on Jan. 31, only to have the Bruins bounce back this past Sunday with a much better effort that produced a road win. In what’s supposed to be a helter-skelter schedule, the Bruins are coming off of two nights off after suffering a shootout loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. While Boston would have preferred the two points against New York, the Bruins did an admirable job of battling back against Henrik Lundqvist, erasing a three-goal deficit in the third period to pick up a point. The Sabres, meanwhile, need to get something going. They’re just 3-6-1 in their last 10 games, and they find themselves in last place in the division, having already played three more games than Boston. The Sabres are tied for a conference-worst 11 points, despite already having played 14 games. If this tailspin continues, it may mean some franchise-altering changes could be in the future, and the Bruins would love nothing more than to add to that misery Friday night. Puck drop from Buffalo is slated for 7 p.m.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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