Ladies and Gentlemen...it is finally here. The annual POA Buffalo trip. Get ready for god only knows what. Oh wait. There is a hockey game on too. Almost forgot. Let us talk about that for bit.
The Penguins enter game Mario (66) with a 38-21-6 record for 82 points. This is good enough for 5th place in the East currently. Buffalo (Buff-a-low) enters the game with a 29-29-8 record for 66 (Mario) points. This is currently good for 13th place.
The Penguins are coming off a 7-3 beating of the Ottawa Senators, which let's be honest, a dek hockey team could beat right now. I mean they literally fired their CEO after two months. TWO MONTHS!! Ottawa is a mess and I'm here for it and loving it.
Bryan "Rusty" Rust netted the first hat trick of the season for the Pens, and goals were added by Zucker, Crosby, Sheary (welcome back!) and Marino (welcome back!).
I am expecting at least two tribute videos tonight for Sheary and Rodrigues. I mean they played such important roles in winning the cup for Buff...wait...did they? No? Oh well. Would be nice of the Sabres but hey, let them do whatever they want.
Back to POA for a minute...make sure to see @ZackMorris82 tonight. Probably gonna be pretty drunk by the start of the first period. It'll be fun to watch.
Anyways, the Penguins are finally healthy again (Simon doesn't count) and hopefully can build off of the 7-3 win from Tuesday night. They are only three points behind the Flyers and four points behind Washington for the division lead. Can be easily be made up with a nice winning streak. Expect Tristan Jarry in goal tonight.
The Penguins need to win tonight to avoid being swept by Buffalo in the season series.
Nick Bjugstad (who???) is a game-time decision tonight. He's only played in ten games this season.
Forward Anthony Angello suffered an upper-body injury, because of course, in the third period of Tuesday's game. If Bjugstad does play, expect him to slot in on the fourth line.
Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues tribute videos????
Looking forward to the inevitable Dominik Kahun hat trick.
Sidney Crosby and Jason Zucker are absolutely incredible together. Both recorded a goal and two assists on Tuesday.
Speaking of which, Sidney Crosby finally hit 800 assists. He became the 6th fastest player to achieve that milestone.
Per Penguins PR, Jason Zucker has 20+ goals in four consecutive seasons and five total throughout his career.
Bryan Rust is absolutely incredible. He recorded his third career hat trick Tuesday and now has 53 points in 51 games (27G, 26A). We can list all the 'good' players that he has more goals than but that list would be hella excessive.
If you want to have hope, the Sabres enter play tonight having lost four straight. AKA Buffalo will win by a lot tonight.