8 a.m. ET: Compared to Boston, the Bruins head to a tropical climate for their Sunday night game — Buffalo.
The B’s have escaped the winter wonderland that is the Hub, one night after seeing their game with the Tampa Bay Lightning “snowed out” after almost 24 hours of pounding snow and wind in the latest blizzard to spank New England.
Now that the Bruins know they’re actually going to play a hockey game — barring something nutty again — they can focus on a pretty important game. Boston gets another chance at the Sabres, a little more than one week after suffering their first and only regulation loss of the season against the Sabres at the Garden on Jan. 31.
Claude Julien blasted his team following that game, calling his team’s defensive efforts “brain-dead” after allowing seven goals — including a Thomas Vanek hat trick — in a 7-4 loss.
That game also featured the long-awaited bout between Shawn Thornton and John Scott. There was no debating the winner, though, as Scott leveled Thornton with some big-time right hands. Those same right hands dealt Thornton a concussion from which he’s yet to return.
Thornton recently returned to practice and says he’s just about ready to go, so maybe he’ll make his return Sunday night in Buffalo. He’s not the only banged-up Bruin, though. Both Brad Marchand and Daniel Paille are up in the air when it comes to their status for Sunday night as well.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. in Buffalo, and we’ll be here with updates throughout the day leading up to this important Northeast Division clash.