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Monday, December 08, 2008

Game Preview: Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins

The Mellon Arena
Game Time: 7:30pm/ET
From: Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
Penguins Record: 15-7-4 (5th in Eastern Conference)
Sabres Record: 12-11-3 (9th in Eastern Conference)
Last Meeting:
November 28th, 2008 @ Buffalo (4-3 Sabres)


PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LINE COMBINATIONS:
Pascal Dupuis - Sidney Crosby - Miroslav Satan
Ruslan Fedotenko - Evgeni Malkin - Petr Sykora
Chris Minard - Jordan Staal - Matt Cooke
Janne Pesonen - Max Talbot - Eric Godard

Brooks Opik - Kris Letang
Rob Scuderi - Mark Eaton
Alex Goligoski - Ben Lovejoy

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Dany Sabourin (6-3-2 / 1.96GAA / .928 SV%)

BUFFALO SABRES LINE COMBINATIONS:
Thomas Vanek - Derek Roy - Drew Stafford
Paul Gaustad- Jochen Hecht - Jason Pominville
Marc Mancari - Clarke MacArthur - Ales Kotalik
Maxim Afinogenov - Adam Mair - Daniel Paille

Jaroslav Spacek - Andrej Sekera
Hendrik Talinder - Toni Lydman
Craig Rivet - Teppo Numminen

BUFFALO SABRES PROBABLE GOALTENDER:
Ryan Miller (11-7-2 / 2.53GAA / .909 SV%)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LEADERS:
GOALS: Crosby (13)
ASSISTS: Malkin (32)
POINTS: Malkin (43)
+/-: Malkin (+14)

BUFFALO SABRES LEADERS:
GOALS: Vanek (19)
ASSISTS: Roy (13)
POINTS: Vanek (24)
+/-: Gerbe (+2)


The Sabres have had trouble scoring goals and have had bad luck against the Penguins in recent history. The Sabres are 1-5 in their last six games against the Penguins, and they haven't won in Mellon Arena since April 3rd, 2007. The Penguins will have Dany Sabourin in net tonight. The Sabres faced John Curry for their win a few weeks ago. The Penguins will be without Mike Zigomanis, Tyler Kennedy and Hal Gill. Kennedy has been placed on injured reserve while Zigomanis and Gill are listed as day-to-day. Phillipe Boucher is also injured, adding to the Penguins injury woes on defense. Tonight Ben Lovejoy will make his regular season debut on the Penguins blue line. Lovejoy leads all Baby Pens' defensemen in scoring. He will be paired with Alex Goligoski.

Malkin and Crosby remain hot, sitting at positions one and two respectively in the NHL scoring race. They will likely need to provide extra scoring as the team's defense is depleted. The Penguins penalty kill will suffer without Hal Gill.

There are also rumours swirling that the Sabres may be on the block...

Prediction: 5-3 Penguins


Buffalo Media:

Newspapers:
The Buffalo News

Blogs:
Sabres Report
Die By The Blade
The Goose's Roost
The Willful Caboose

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