The Penguins (39-16-8) will conclude their mini two game home stand against former coach Dan Bylsma and the Buffalo Sabres (27-26-12). The Penguins are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, while the Buffalo Sabres are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to the Lightning on Saturday night.
Realistically, the Pens should destroy Buffalo today. The Sabres are pretty bad and currently sit at the 13th overall in the Eastern Conference. You know what that means though, the Pens will either make this game a nail biter or lose by 9 goals, because you know, that's how it goes. Former Islander Kyle Okposo leads the team in points with 43, while former Thrasher / Jet / wanna be gangster Evander Kane leads the team in goals with 23.
Despite losing in Dallas and Chicago last week, the Penguins have looked pretty good, especially considering their blue line is in shambles and Kris Letang is no longer day-to-day. Defenseman Ron Hainsey, although it's been a small sample size so far, has looked great during his short time here in Pittsburgh. Mark Streit, who the Flyers are paying to score goals for the Penguins, scored in his debut Friday against the Lightning.
No idea what to expect goaltending wise tonight. I definitely expect Matt Murray to start considering he pretty much always does. The Sabres played last night and their starter Robin Lehner played, so I'd expect them to go with Anders Nilsson. Of course, unless Nilsson really sucks at hockey, then I bet they'd go back to Lehner and start him in a back-to-back.
*I expect Nilsson to start for Buffalo, I did this Gameday way too early because I have stuff to do*
*Refs will be updated closer to game time, maybe but probably not. Like I said, I wrote this too early*
Yeah, so Head Coach Mike Sullivan said defenseman Kris Letang is no longer 'day to day' and he hopes that his 'injury' isn't long-term.
I'm not nervous, you're nervous.
Luckily, Ron Hainsey has been very good so far, along with Mark Streit, though it's been just one game for Streit.
Remember when Ryan O'Reilly drunk-drove through a Tim Horton's? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Remember when Evander Kane got 'YMCMB' shaved into his head? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Remember when Dan Bylsma played Jarome Iginla on the wrong side? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
Anyway, tonight is the Penguins Charity Night on ROOT Sports, which will definitely be more exciting than the game itself.
How it works: The Penguins have 6,200 bags ready to go, you buy a duffle bag / travel bag for either $250 or $1,000.
If you spend $1,000 you're guaranteed a signed jersey, as well as a chance to win a Penguins Golden Ticket, which comes with a chance to win season tickets for 20 years.
Also, if you spend $250, you get a copy of 'Pittsburgh is Home' the 50th anniversary DVD, so you could stop whining about not getting a copy earlier in the season.
There's a bunch of other cool stuff like autographed pucks, bobbleheads, plaques, and blankets and such as well, so it's definitely worth checking out.