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Buffalo Sabres Look to Sweep Boston Bruins as Linus Omark Enters Lineup

December 21st, 2013 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres organization will make his debut tonight in Massachusetts against the Boston Bruins.

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Linus Omark, whom the Sabres acquired Thursday from the Edmonton Oilers, will play in place of Cody Hodgson, whom coach Ted Nolan said could miss several weeks with an upper-body injury.

"He'll take a spot in the lineup," Nolan said of Omark, who has 14 goals and 15 assists in the AHL this season. "I'm not 100 percent sure exactly where we'll put him yet, but he'll play."

He will join a team that's playing its best hockey of the season. The Sabres are on a 3-1-1 stretch that's capped off by their 4-2 win Thursday at home over the Bruins.

That win is the second in only the club's second winning streak of the season, and its first in which both wins were in regulation. Forward Marcus Foligno said the team's improved effort of late, even amid its league-worst result to date, is to thank:

"You keep plugging away and plugging away, it's going to happen."

Buffalo has also scored four goals in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Nolan said he would be surprised to see the Bruins take the defeat – in which Buffalo scored three goals in the final 23 minutes – lightly:

"The heavyweights of the league, you're not going to go blow-for-blow with them and see how you do. If you do that, it's not going to turn out very well."

The Bruins remain atop the Atlantic Division (23-10-2) even with the loss. They'll still be without forwards Loui Eriksson and Chris Kelly, as well as blueliner Dougie Hamilton, who are all injured.

Backup Chad Johnson took the loss Thursday, so expect Tuukka Rask (17-8-2, 1.90 GAA, .934 save percentage) to start tonight. Milan Lucic (11 goals) leads a balanced attack featuring seven players with at least seven goals each. One of those, players, Brad Marchand, scored both Boston goals Thursday.

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