Buffalo Sabres (13-17-6) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (28-8-0)
ROOT, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS – 7:30 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The final game before the trade deadline. Apparently every Buffalo Sabres player is on the trading block.
On this day in Pittsburgh Penguins' History: April 2, 2008. We wrote this:
We all like Kennedy. He's a scrapper. But this isn't 2003-04. He hasn't found the net recently, and it's not even worth it to look his crap up. Kennedy doesn't have a presence on the ice other than, well, being present on the ice.
Fast forward to today and he's centering one of the team's top lines.
Season Series: 1-0-0
Last meeting that counted: February 17, 2013. Pens won 4-3.
What we said in our recap:
Watching the Pens win in Buffalo is always rewarding. Buffalo fans are probably the biggest hidden assholes in the NHL.
It was a big win for the Pens for several reasons. Number one, they were able to stage a third-period comeback. Number two, they got more points on the road. 8-2-0 this year. Oh, and they've scored first in every road game.
Know Your Enemy: Die by the Blade
What they're saying:
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres are franchises currently at opposite ends of the spectrum. Pittsburgh is a modern dynasty loading up for another deep playoff run, while Buffalo is just now entering what could be a massive rebuilding project. Pittsburgh enters this game having won 15 straight, while the Sabres haven't won 15 games all year. Pittsburgh is in first place in the East, and Buffalo is in 13th, just three points out of last place. Yes, it doesn't look good for Buffalo, but that, as they say, is why we play the games.
This is also the last game before Wednesday's trade deadline, and the names of Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville, and Ryan Miller have all been floated out there in Rumor Land. They'll have the specter of the deadline looming over them as they play tonight, but the big question is – could tonight be the last time we see one or more of them in a Sabres uniform?
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
Iginla – Malkin – Neal
Orpik – Niskanen
Buffalo Sabres Lines:
Ott – Hodgson – Pominville
Ehrhoff – Myers
Lines via Daily Faceoff.