The Buffalo Sabres (5-9-3, 13 pts) come to town to face the Penguins (9-7-3, 21 pts). Both of these team are struggling so far this season as Buffalo is 1 point out of last place, while the Pens have slipped into the first Wild Card spot. Outside of Tampa, there hasn't been a breakout team in the East, so Pens fans just calm yourselves and relax because all will be fine.
The Pens are 5-0-1 on home ice and with Buffalo not being a good team overall, this should be a winning night. Both teams have terrible goal differentials this season.
Players to Watch:
Sidney Crosby (PIT): Crosby has been in a goal scoring funk lately, but is on the edge of a breakout. Crosby is currently with 13 points in 19 games (5 goals, 8 assists).
Kris Letang (PIT): Letang is another Penguin that hasn't been the best this season. While he does have 13 points in 19 games (1-12), he is -14 +/- this season.
Only 2 regular Penguins players are at or above 0 for +/-, Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel. The teams numbers will be skewed all season due to the blowout losses when Niemi was in net.
Expect Murray (9-4-1) in net for the Penguins. Lehner (4-6-1) is in net for the Sabres.
Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill is the former Penguins Assistant GM.
The Pens are in the midst of an 11-0-1 run against Buffalo.
Buffalo has lost 6 games in a row in Pittsburgh.
Crosby has points in his last 24 outta 26 games against Buffalo, while having 42 points during that run.
Somehow Buffalo hasn't gotten a single goal from a Defenceman this season. Which means they will score 69 against Pittsburgh tonight.
Pittsburgh has used 4 goalies this season. Murray (only shutout so far), Niemi (only goalie with point), DeSmith (only goalie with PIMS) and Jarry (TBD).
The Penguins reportedly made a last ditch run at Matt Duchene. Anybody who didn't realize that GMJR wasn't happy with his team and this proves it. Experts now expect Rutherford to make a major move before or at the deadline. One name to watch: Sabres winger Evander Kane. He is at the top of every major trade piece list.
Let's do it Pens.
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