Bruins Notebook: How Bruins plan to make most of postponed games against Buffalo; Blidh enters lineup

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Given how regimented an NHL schedule is (especially one as compressed as a 56-game slate for the 2021 season) one would think that suddenly having two games temporarily struck off your calendar would create some serious headaches for the Bruins in wake of the Sabres pausing all team activities through Feb. 8 due to COVID concerns.

But for now, Bruce Cassidy and the Bruins are trying to take these latest postponements in stride, especially when it comes to earning a reprieve from what would have been a three games in four nights situation had Saturday's home matchup against Buffalo gone on as scheduled. With Boston's brief two-game homestand against the Sabres (originally set for Saturday and Monday) now pushed back to a later date, the B's will now have four full days without a game before resuming action on Wednesday, Feb. 10 against the Rangers.

With Boston set to return home after another matchup against the Flyers on Friday night, Cassidy acknowledged that his club might actually be dealt a favorable hand due to these recent developments — especially when it comes to resting a banged-up roster.