GAME DAY REPORT: Game 46 – Sabres at Penguins

Published on April 23rd, 2013


Three games remain in the regular season for the Pittsburgh Penguins and though they’ve been missing some key players, they continue to find ways to win. Tonight the Pens take on the Buffalo Sabres at CONSOL Energy Center.

After starting the season terribly, the Sabres have turned things around the second half of the season and made a push for the playoffs. However, they still fell short of reaching the post season. They’ll look to play the spoiler tonight as they take on the Penguins, who will have Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury back in the lineup tonight.

NEWS AND NOTES

Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury are all expected back into the lineup tonight.

Buffalo has already played eight back to back sets of games this season. This is the ninth and final back-to-back game for Buffalo. Entering tonight’s game the Sabres are 2-5-1 in the second of back-to-back games. They lost last night to the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1

Tonight’s game concludes the Penguins final set of back-to-back games. Thus far they are 4-2-0 in the second night of back-to-backs.

Brenden Morrow has nearly turned into a point-per-game player in Pittsburgh. Morrow has been on fire lately with five goals and five assists over his past six games.

Jarome Iginla has goals in three straight games.

Pascal Dupuis enters tonight’s game having recorded at least one point in seven of his previous eight games.

Chris Kunitz, Sidney Crosby and Pascal Dupuis all have three points a piece against the Sabres this year.

Buffalo is 5-4-0 since snapping Pittsburgh’s 15-game winning streak.

Tyler Ennis has one goal and four assists during a four-game points streak.

The Sabres have lost their last two games by a combined score of 10-5.

The Penguins are an unblemished 19-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.

Evgeni Malkin has points in five-straight games against the Sabres.

Buffalo is averaging just 2.5 goals per game and their opponents have averaged 3.0 against them this season.

Pittsburgh has averaged 3.3 goals per game and their opponents have averaged 2.4 against them on the year.

The Sabres penalty kill is a dismal 26th in the league, but they have scored seven short-handed goals on the season.

Pittsburgh’s penalty kill has successfully killed off 15 of their last 17 penalties. The Pens PK is 88.2% over the last four games.

PROBABLE SABRES LINES

Ennis-Hodgson-Vanek
Ott-Porter-Flynn
Hecht-Grigorenko-Stafford
Scott-Foligno-Gerbe

Ehrhoff–Sekera
Pardy-Pysyk
Weber-Ruhwedel

Miller

PROBABLE PENGUINS LINES

Kunitz-Malkin-Iginla
Morrow-Dupuis-Kennedy
Cooke-Sutter-Adams
Glass-Jokinen-MacIntyre

Orpik-Letang
Niskanen-Murray
Eaton-Engelland

Fleury

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