Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 53: Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres (14-29-7) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (36-14-2)
ROOT, NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2 – 7:30 pm/et 
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA

This is all we have to say:

Steve Ott is the captain of an NHL team. Okay, maybe not, but he's the captain of the Buffalo Sabres.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (27G, 45A, 72P)
Sabres: Cody Hodgson (12G, 15A, 27P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (28-12-1, 2.31 GAA, .915 Sv% )
Sabres: Ryan Miller (13-19-3, 2.62 GAA, .926 Sv% )


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Last Games:

Penguins: Lost to Dallas Stars 3-0.
Sabres: Defeated Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.

Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Sabres

Opposition Blog: [Die by the Blade]
What They're Saying: "Why you shouldn't worry about the Sabres winning too much"

When the season first began, it was obvious to anyone watching that the Buffalo Sabres were going to be one of, if not the, worst teams in the NHL. As the season went on, however, it became clear that the Sabres were the frontrunners for the worst record in the league, thus guaranteeing them the best shot at the #1 overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft Lottery.

However, since the team fired Ron Rolston and Darcy Regier and brought Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine into the fold, the play on the ice has improved dramatically. The fact that even with the improvement the Sabres are still being outplayed consistently speaks to just how bad things were earlier in the year, but I digress. They're currently playing much better than some of the other bottom-dwellers, especially lowly Edmonton, but should Sabres fans be worried about losing out on a top-3 pick?

I'm here to say that no, they shouldn't. At least not yet.

What Happened Last Time: October 5, 2013 – Pens won 4-1 [Our Recap]

Holy shit, the Sabres are horrible. Sabres fans should light their jerseys on fire, probably with with themselves in it.

When someone told us Steve Ott was their captain, we honestly that it was a joke.

What a nightmare. No one from their organization can be happy about the effort they put forth Saturday night. The score was 4-1, and it could have been a lot worse, but Jhonas Enroth made a ton of great saves early and often.

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Brian Gibbons. He's on the top line with Crosby and Kunitz.

Sabres Player(s) to Watch: Zenon Konopka. Because we want to know what poster is on his bedroom door now.

Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game: 

Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Daily Faceoff:

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Brian Gibbons
Jussi  Jokinen – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Jayson Megna
Taylor Pyatt – Craig Adams – Deryk Engelland

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Kris Letang
Olli Maatta - Matt Niskanen

Marc-Andre Fleury

Buffalo Sabres lines via Daily Faceoff:

Matt Moulson – Tyler Ennis – Ville Leino
Steve Ott - Cody Hodgson – Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Foligno – Brian Flynn – Phil Varone
Linus Omark – Zenon Konopka – Matt Ellis

Henrik Tallinder – Tyler Myers
Christian Ehrhoff – Chad Ruhwedel
Jamie McBain – Mike Weber

Ryan Miller

That sound you hear is Ryan Miller begging to be traded from the Sabres.