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A night after setting a franchise record for futility, Buffalo looks to get back in the win column.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Game 31

Buffalo Sabres (6-21-4) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (20-11-2)

Puck Drop: 7:00 PM EST | PPG Paints Arena | Pittsburgh, PA

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Record: (20-11-2) | 42 PTS

Division Ranking: 3rd in East Division

PP: 24th (17.9%)

PK: 19th (76.5%)

1. Not The Good Kind of Record

The Buffalo Sabres lost their 15th straight game last night, setting a shootout-era record in the National Hockey League.

Since February 25, the Sabres are 0-13-2. The NHL points out that this 15 game stretch surpasses the 2009-10 Carolina Hurricanes, the 2010-11 New York Islanders and the 2014-15 Sabres - all teams that each lost 14 consecutive games.

Buffalo has looked overwhelmed and overmatched throughout this stretch of futility. One can only hope the skid ends sooner rather than later.

2. Dinged Up Roster

Last night’s game featured a lineup of 11 forwards and seven defensemen, due to the late scratch of forward Tage Thompson.

Thompson did not test positive for Covid, which simply means he just did not feel well enough to play.

During the game, forward Rasmus Asplund suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period and did not return.

If both Thompson and Asplund are unable to go tonight in Pittsburgh, roster shuffling is a must prior to puck drop.

3. Smarten Up

Following last night’s 5-2 loss, defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen had some pointed words.

“I don’t think we play very smart,” Ristolainen told the media postgame. “We make really stupid mistakes that lead to way too many odd man rushes every game, and a team like Pittsburgh, they have skill up front and they had way too many odd-man rushes. I think we should keep it very simple.”

Very well spoken for a player who has been through the ringer throughout his NHL career. Long story short though, words are just that if you do not act.

Can Ristolainen and the Sabres turn things around? Only time will tell.

Projected Lineup

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Taylor Hall - Dylan Cozens - Sam Reinhart

Victor Olofsson - Eric Staal - Tage Thompson

Jeff Skinner - Curtis Lazar - Casey Mittelstadt

Rasmus Asplund - Cody Eakin - Riley Sheahan

Defense

Jacob Bryson - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller

Henri Jokiharju - Brandon Montour

Starting Goalie: Dustin Tokarski

Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards

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

Defense

Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang

Mike Matheson - Cody Ceci

Marcus Pettersson - John Marino

Starting Goalie: Tristan Jarry