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Record: (19-11-2) | 40 PTS
Division Ranking: 3rd in East Division
PP: 22nd (18.9%)
PK: 22nd (75.8%)
What to Watch
Special Teams Will Be Key
The Sabres are currently nursing a 14-game losing streak, which is tied for the longest drought in the NHL since the shootout era commenced. One of the reasons for this is the fact that their once league-leading power-play unit has become totally stagnant.
The Penguins struggles on both the power-play and penalty kill. Buffalo is no match for Pittsburgh at even-strength, but if they can win the special teams battle, they have a chance to end this embarrassing slump.
It’s fairly obvious that we’ve once again been deprived of meaningful games in the month of March, That said, there are still reasons to watch. For one, Dylan Cozens will make another appearance as the team’s first line center tonight. He’ll be flanked by Taylor Hall and Sam Reinhart.
Other youngsters like Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Asplund will appear in the bottom-six as they try to fortify their positions on next season’s roster. On defense, the coaching staff may lean on Jacob Bryson a bit more as well. He’s currently penciled in next to Rasomus Ristolainen on the de fact top defensive pairing.
Taylor Hall - Dylan Cozens - Sam Reinhart
Victor Olofsson - Eric Staal - Tage Thompson
Jeff Skinner - Curtis Lazar - Casey Mittelstadt
Rasmus Asplund - Cody Eakin - Riley Sheahan
Jacob Bryson - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller
Henri Jokiharju - Brandon Montour
Starting Goalie: Dustin Tokarski
Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust
Zach Aston-Reese - Jared McCann - Kasperi Kapanen
Evan Rodrigues - Mark Jankowski - Sam Lafferty
Colton Sceviour - Frederick Gaudreau - Anthony Angello
Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Mike Matheson - Cody Ceci
Marcus Pettersson - John Marino
Starting Goalie: Tristan Jarry