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Game #22

Buffalo Sabres (10-8-3, 23PTS) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (13-5-3, 29PTS)

7:30 PM EST, HSBC Arena

TV: MSG-B (Buffalo)

Radio: WGR 550 (Buffalo), XM 205 (National)

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08-09 Series:0-1-0

Opponent Blogs: Pensburgh, The Pensblog

The Sabres finally ended their five game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. It doesn't get much easier for Buffalo as they welcome the Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins to the HSBC Arena.

The Sabres proved they can play with the Pens but like many teams have don ethis season, they allowed the Pens a third period onslaught. The Penguins scored four third period goals to beat the Sabres 5-2 at the Igloo.

Thomas Vanek scored a goal in the game against Pittsburgh and he is questionable for the game with a lower body injury. Lindy Ruff termed it as "a deep bruise below his hip", The Buffalo News is reporting that he didn't practice but expects to play.

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The Buffalo News is reporting that Vanek is highly questionable and if he can play that Max is likely to be in the press box.

As Frank pointed out yesterday, John Curry is expected to make his first NHL start in goal for the Penguins this evening.

Starting Goalies

Buffalo Sabres


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - Ryan Miller 17 971 9 5 2 2 41 2.53 458 417 .910 2

Pittsburgh Penguins


GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2008 - John Curry 1 31 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 11 11 1.000 0

Injuries


Injuries: Buffalo Sabres

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Thomas Vanek lower body 11.28.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ales Kotalik hamstring 11.15.2008


Injuries: Pittsburgh Penguins

Doubtful

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Maxime Talbot left foot 11.28.2008

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Sergei Gonchar left shoulder surgery 9.25.2008
Ryan Whitney left foot surgery 9.20.2008