It's like these 2 teams have been on a collision course since the off season and everyone could see it would come down to this date on the calendar for each team to prove their dominance in a big way on the biggest stage. For the Bruins, 10 wins has come with little fan fare, a team totally reconstructed in the off season with new management and new players. For the Sabres, 10 wins has come simple with big players playing big games. When Sunday finally comes these 2 division rivals will lock horns in an epic bloody battle that will leave the loser with little or no respect, while the victor will receive oodles of accolades.
Dissecting the match up we see two teams built on different philosophies. The Bruins are built on star power, while the Sabres are built on stamina. The Bruins like to play their big players big minutes, while the Sabres have spread out the attack. The method the Sabres has employed has worked to date but with only one game against a top opponent to date, its safe to wonder if the Sabres record is merely 'fluffed up'.
In goal the Bruins will have Tomas 'V-Kunt' Vokoun who on paper is superior to Evgeni Nabokov. In fact if these 2 were on the same team, Nabby would be V-Kunts stick boy. On the backend we have Duncan Keith vs. Christian Ehrhoff. Christian is a pretty name and he has a pretty smile but at -3 as the top dman on a team with 10 wins, his looks will only get him so far. Keith on the other hand plays 30 mins a game, leads the league in +/- and is 3rd in points among dmen. The rest of the backend is filled with goons and gnomes who don't warrant mention, suffice to say the Bruins backend is vastly superior to the slugs. Up front the Bruins and Sabres match up well with the Sabres throwing out center men Staal and Pleckanec against Zetterberg and Briere. Ruutu and Smyth will dance a bit and Hudler and St. Louis will play with each others dicks. Again, beyond that the Sabres have a smattering of goons who will most likely keep the Sabres short handed most of the game.
The Bruins should come out victorious in this game that looks close only on paper, Kevin has assembled a solid second tier roster of goons and hooligans who will try and intimidate most teams but won't have much affect on the disciplined Bruins. I predict a solid 4-0 drubbing of this NE foe so the Bruins can begin dealing with catching the pesky overrated Senators.