Buffalo Sabres (11-25-7) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (27-13-3)
Puck Drop: 2:00 PM EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY
Radio: WGR 550
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Record: (27-13-3) | 57 PTS
Division Ranking: 3rd in East Division
PP: 10th (22.4%)
PK: 22nd (77.3%)
1. Welcome to Buffalo
The trade deadline brought the arrival of forward Anders Bjork.
In two games since his arrival in Buffalo, Bjork has fit into the Sabres lineup like a glove with three points (one goal, two assists).
It appears that the Anders Bjork - Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen line is working out well and it will be interesting to see if the chemistry continues against the Penguins.
2. Casey is Here to Stay
The resurgence of Casey Mittelstadt has been on full display this season. That resurgence has been turned up to ten following the promotion of Don Granato to interim head coach.
Mittelstadt has scored seven goals this season, including three in his last four games.
With Buffalo finding more success as of late, it is hard to think the Sabres would be able to win without the recent offensive successes of Casey Mittelstadt.
3. Ullmark Week-to-Week
Interim head coach Don Granato announced on Friday afternoon that Linus Ullmark is week-to-week with a “lower body injury.”
Granato went on to say, “I’ll follow up with you on it, but right now it’s week to week and we don’t have many weeks left. So that one’s a little touchy.”
With that being said, the Buffalo Sabres appear to be ready to continue with Dustin Tokarski in goal for the foreseeable future. Tokarski himself just returned to the win column for the first time since December 12, 2015.
The last handful of games could feature prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen making his NHL debut as well.
Jeff Skinner - Sam Reinhart - Victor Olofsson
Rasmus Asplund - Casey Mittelstadt - Tage Thompson
Anders Bjork - Dylan Cozens - Arttu Ruotsalainen
Tobias Rieder - Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo
Jacob Bryson - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Henri Jokiharju
Matt Irwin - Colin Miller
Starter: Dustin Tokarski
Jake Guentzel - Sidney Crosby - Bryan Rust
Jason Zucker - Jeff Carter - Jared McCann
Zach Aston-Reese - Teddy Blueger - Evan Rodrigues
Radim Zohorna - Mark Jankowski - Colton Sceviour
Brian Dumoulin - Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson - John Marino
Michael Matheson - Cody Ceci
Starter: Tristan Jarry