Bruins stay hot by vs. Sabres, have a shot at moving up in East Division


The Bruins have been hot lately, and one thing that makes that more impressive is that they beat the Capitals and Islanders along the way. Now the Bruins can continue their push for East Division positioning by beating the lowly (if recently more energetic) Sabres 2-0. The Bruins took care of the first of a three-game set of games against the Sabres, winning on Tuesday.

Early on, the Sabres put up a pretty good fight vs. the Bruins. Boston kept Buffalo off the board after the first period, taking a 1-0 lead. Following a scrambly 2-0 goal, the Sabres were mainly quiet against the Bruins.

Tuukka Rask‘s save was probably the highlight of the night:

Rask ended up pitching a 32-save shutout, his first goose egg of the season.

Bruins beat Sabres, have a shot at improving East Division position

With Tuesday’s win over the Sabres, the Bruins improved to 26-12-6 for 58 points in 44 games played. While the Bruins remain in fourth place in the East Division after that win, games in hand advantages open up the possibility for upward movement.

Here’s how the East Division standings will look if the Penguins and Islanders convert current leads into wins.

East Division standings update

Capitals (idle): 29-13-4, 62 points in 46 games played
Islanders (if they hold on to beat Rangers): 28-13-4, 62 points in 46 GP
Penguins: (if they convert lead over Devils to a win): 29-14-3, 61 points in 46 GP
Bruins (beat Sabres): 26-12-6, 58 points in 44 GP

Beyond a looming back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday, the Bruins also take on the Sabres on April 13, and close the season series vs. Buffalo on April 29 and May 1.

Generally speaking, the Bruins don’t have a ton of games left against East Division teams above them. They’re scheduled to face the Penguins two more times, then close out 2020-21 with one game apiece vs. the Capitals and Islanders.

Boston’s seeding will then rely on: a) taking care of business vs. teams outside the playoff picture and b) the Islanders, Penguins, and/or Capitals not catching fire.

This win isn’t a huge part of Boston moving up, but grinding these out will ultimately be important as things wind down.

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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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