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[open thread] Sabres vs. Penguins (Winter Classic)

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Time: 1:00PM EST TV: NBC (HD) Radio: WGR55

It's finally here...the Winter Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  There isn't a whole lot I can say about the game itself because this game is about the experience and the weather.              The most recent weather forecast is for rain changing to snow and 2-4 inches of snow on Tuesday.  The forecast turns much colder throughout the day and into Wednesday with highs Wednesday of 17 degrees.  Everyone have a safe and happy new year and be here tomorrow at 1PM to talk about the game.  Feel free to post in this thread early if you want to talk about the game.

Team Leaders

Buffalo Sabres

  • Goals:Derek Roy, Jochen Hecht 13
  • Assists: Brian Campbell, Jason Pominville, Tim Connolly 22
  • Points: Jason Pominville 31
  • +/-: Derek Roy, Daniel Paille +7
  • PIM: Paul Gaustad 53

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Goals:Sidney Crosby 16
  • Assists:Sidney Crosby 36
  • Points:Sidney Crosby 52
  • +/-:Mark Eaton, Sidney Crosby +6
  • PIM:Ryan Malone 63

Projected Line combinations

Buffalo Forwards
26-Vanek, 9-Roy, 61-Afinogenov
55-Hecht, 19-Connolly, 29-Pominville
12-Kotalik, 28-Gaustad, 41-MacArthur
20-Paille, 22-Mair, 37-Ryan

Buffalo Defensemen
6-Spacek, 51-Campbell
5-Lydman, 10-Tallinder
45-Kalinin,38-Paetsch

Goaltenders
30-Miller, 35-Thibault

As per usual this thread is meant to spur conversation and create a Buffalo Sabres community.  If you're watching the game you might as well join us and chat a little bit.  I highly recommend you create a free account and grab a beer and join us for some good conversation.