The Boston Bruins are locked in as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. In their regular-season finale, they'll face a team that also already knows its fate.
The Bruins will try to head into their Stanley Cup defense with some momentum when they welcome the eliminated Buffalo Sabres for Saturday's matinee.
Boston (48-29-4) wrapped up its third Northeast Division title in four seasons Sunday, allowing the team to rest starting goaltender Tim Thomas in consecutive games. Anton Khudobin stopped a career-high 44 shots during a 3-1 victory in Ottawa on Thursday, helping the Bruins improve to 8-2-1 in their last 11.
"We wanted to make a statement to ourselves that we're ready for the playoffs," defenseman Greg Zanon said. "We're just trying to be ready, ready for Saturday and ready for that first game (of the postseason).
Boston is currently in line to face the Senators in the opening round of playoffs but could take on Washington depending on what happens on the final day of the...