Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 57: Buffalo Sabres

Pittsburgh Penguins (39-15-2) @ Buffalo Sabres (15-32-8)
NBCSN, TSN2, RDS2 – 7:30 pm/et 
First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY

Everybody's talkin' 'bout the Olympics. Even Rinko.


Letang is still out. Kunitz and Niskanen are questionable. Zolnierczykskakzkwkazachyk has been called up.


Leading Scorers:

Penguins: Sidney Crosby (27G, 48A, 75P)
Sabres: Cody Hodgson (14G, 16A, 30P)

Starting Goaltenders:

Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (30-13-1, 2.25 GAA, .917 Sv% )
Sabres: Ryan Miller (14-21-3, 2.68 GAA, .925 Sv% )

Last Games:

Penguins: Defeated Ottawa Senators 2-1 [OT].
Sabres: Lost to Edmonton Oilers 3-2.

Previews from Team Websites: [Penguins] [Sabres

Opposition Blog: [Die by the Blade]
What They're Saying: "Sabres vs. Oilers recap: Buffalo loses Battle of the Basement 3-2"

Sometimes a game between two bad hockey teams can be fun. Like a movie that's so bad it's good, or a guilty pleasure, when two teams have an almost equal dearth o talent, you can get some pretty entertaining hockey. Of course, you can also just get some bad, boring, sloppy hockey, and we saw example of both last night as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in a battle between the two worst teams in the league.

What Happened Last Time: February 27, 2014 – Pens won 3-0 [Our Recap]

We like to make fun of Ryan Miller, but he was sneaky good in this game. And his .926 save percentage on the season shows he is getting little to no help.

He is probably going to get dealt from Buffalo. Then again, if he brings Gold home for Team USA, it’s hard to imagine him bringing the medal back to the arena to show it off, and then the GM says, “Sweet. Hey, you’ve been traded to the Islanders.”

Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Harry Zolnierczyk, in the hopes that he can do something like this in the NHL. We wouldn't count on it. 

Sabres Player(s) to Watch: Steve Ott, because somehow he'll end up on the Penguins before the deadline and we'll have a lot of feelings.

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
Chuck Kobasew- Craig Adams – Deryk Engelland/Harry Zolnierczyk

Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi – Robert Bortuzzo
Olli Maatta – Matt Niskanen (?)/Deryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Buffalo Sabres lines via Daily Faceoff:

Linus Omark – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford
Steve Ott – Cody Hodgson – Matt D'Agostini
Brian Flynn – Zemgus Girgensons – Phil Varone
John Scott – Marcus Foligno – Matt Ellis

Mike Weber – Christian Ehrhoff
Henrik Tallinder – Alexander Sulzer
Jamie McBain – Chad Ruhwedel

Ryan Miller

How are earth are some of those players even allowed in the NHL? Hi Matt D'Agostini!