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Sabres at Penguins preview: Suppertime hockey

The Sabres and Penguins have a 5pm puck drop tonight in Pittsburgh.

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Game #66

Buffalo Sabres (27-26-12) at Pittsburgh Penguins (39-16-8)

Puck drop: 5:00 p.m. EST | PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

TV: MSG, ROOT, NHLN | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Penguins Blog: Pensburgh

Two Questions

1. How long will Eichel’s point streak last?

With his assist last night, Jack Eichel has now scored in nine straight games - the longest current streak in the NHL and the longest by a Sabres since Tim Connolly scored in 16 straight games back in 2010.

Eichel leads all NHL-ers in assists since the beginning of February, and leads the league in shots since coming back from his injury in late November. considering the Sabres could only muster one goal last night against the Lightning, they better hope his streak lasts for a good, long time.

2. Which Sabre will be injured tonight?

Buffalo is riding high on a two-game injury streak, with Kyle Okposo and Dmitry Kulikov being injured in the past two games. The Sabres lead the league in adjusted man games lost, and are looking to keep that number high.

Considering the team is 1-8-1 in their last ten games in Pittsburgh, I wouldn’t blame anyone for wanting to sit this one out, either.

Projected Buffalo Lines

Evander Kane -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 12 Brian Gionta
82 Marcus Foligno -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart
26 Matt Moulson -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 63 Tyler Ennis
44 Nic Deslauriers -- 28 Zemgus Girgensons -- 56 Justin Bailey

29 Jake McCabe -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
41 Justin Falk -- 47 Zach Bogosian
Josh Gorges -- 6 Cody Franson

Goal: 31 Anders Nilsson