Robin Lehner will be back in net for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in the Sabres season opening loss against Ottawa.
The netminder told reporters Friday morning after the team's pre-game skate his ankle is "still a bit sore."
That won't stop him from taking the crease against one of the best road teams in the league, the Bruins, who are 12-5 and 3.
Injuries have been the one constant for Lehner the past year.
He suffered a concussion while with the Senators in February and missed the remainder of last season, only to be sidelined again 28 minutes in his debut for the Blue & Gold.
"I'm mostly excited right now," Lehner said. "I'm excited to get in the game and do my job. It's a long time coming but it's going to be fun."
Last time out against the Bruins, Jack Eichel torched his home town team with two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win.
Buffalo will look to win its third straight, while Boston will try to snap a three game skid.
"We know it's going to be a tough game and we know they're a desperate team right now, obviously we are too," the rookie said. "You want to make a push before this All-Star break and it's going to be a big game for us tonight. We got to have our best."
The Sabres and Bruins square off at 7 p.m. at First Niagara Center.
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