[open thread] Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins

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7:30 PM  TV: MSG  Radio: WGR550

Injuries will be the story of tonight's game between the Penguins and Sabres.  Both teams will be without key players with the most notable being Sidney Crosby.  Crosby left the ice during the morning skate because of soreness in his ankle and will not play tonight.  The Penguins are also going to be without Marian Hossa who was acquired at the trade deadline for Colbe Armstrong and Erik Christennsen.  That is welcome news for Buffalo who will play without Jaro Spacek and Dmitri Kalinin due to injury and Adam Mair and Tim Connolly are questionable.

The Sabres are four points behind the Philadelphia Flyers for the eighth and final playoff spot.  The Sabres have earned one point in each of their last two games but one point is not good enough anymore.  They need to play with a killer instinct to get two points tonight.  It will not be an easy task because the Sabres have lost all three game sto the Penguins this season, including the 2-1 shootout loss in the Winter Classic.

If you haven't registered for a free account yet please do so now and join us for some riveting conversation about the game.  Hell the game tonight means so much I might even have a beer.

Maybe we can even crash the party over at PensBurgh because Frank will be ready to go for his open thread.  I ask that if you crash the party you be nice and make Die by the Blade proud.

 

Buffalo Leaders

Goals:Thomas Vanek 28
Assists:Jason Pominville 42
Points:Jason Pominville 65
Plus/minus:Jason Pominville +13
PIM:Andrew Peters 100

Penguins Leaders

Goals:Evgeni Malkin 38
Assists:Evgeni Malkin 54
Points:Evgeni Malkin 92
Plus/minus:Sidney Crosby +18
PIM:Jarkko Ruutuu 114

Projected Sabres lines

Vanek-Roy-Stafford
Hecht-Connolly-Pominville
Kotalik-Gaustad-Afinogenov
Paille-Mair-Kaleta

Tallinder-Lydman
Weber-Sekera
Paetsch-Pratt

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