BUFFALO (LGS) — Come 7 p.m. Wednesday night, the Buffalo Sabres will host the Boston Bruins in HSBC Arena.
Revenge will be on their minds.
Buffalo lost the first meeting of the season between the two teams on Nov. 1 after Marco Sturm scored an overtime winner. The two teams will play 6 more times following Wednesday's match-up.
While looking for the payback, however, the Sabres (5-7-1) will be without two of their better playing forwards.
On Tuesday the team announced that both Adam Mair and Tim Connolly were injured in their latest defeat, a 2-0 shutout in Montreal Monday evening.
Connolly suffered a strained abdomen in the contest, yet continued to play. Ruff told the press that the injury happened early in the third period.
According to Ruff, Connolly will "miss some time."
Mair suffered a right ankle sprain in the second period and did not return. The injury is expected to keep the winger, who played all 82 regular season games last season, out for weeks, said Ruff.
The latest injuries piled on to the list, already featuring Dmitri Kalinin, Jaroslav Spacek and Nolan Pratt.
The injury to Connolly will further deplete an offense that has staggered out of the gate, averaging 2.1 goals per game in their last 8 contests. That includes two shutouts after the team successfully scored a goal in each regular season game last season.
The Sabres are expected to call on Clarke MacArthur, the leading scorer in the AHL, for offensive help in the wake of the latest injuries.
Buffalo enters the game on a three-game losing streak, and will look to avoid a fourth loss that would match the longest losing streak from last year.
Boston (7-5-1) enters the game on a losing streak of its own, having lost two straight to Northeast Division-leader Ottawa.
Chuck Kobasew has done his part recently in the losses, scoring all three Boston goals recorded by the team.
The other member of the Boston squad that has produced recently is goaltender Tim Thomas. The veteran journeyman has played fantastic for Boston, allowing only four goals to Ottawa in the two contests combined.
"Timmy, again, is the reason why we were in the game the whole time," Boston coach Claude Julien said after Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to Ottawa. "He kept us in the game as long as he could."
Boston recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask from AHL Providence on Monday. Rask was 6-1, with a 2.00 goals-against average.
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Both Buffalo and Boston are in the middle of a stretch of games where they play 9 straight contests against Division opponents, including two of three against each other. They meet back in Boston on Nov. 10.