Sabres vs. Penguins Preview: It's the end of the road, and everyone can root for Buffalo
Let's send this season out with a bang.
Buffalo Sabres (23-50-8) vs.
Pittsburgh Penguins (40-35-5)
1. Can the Sabres keep the Penguins out of the playoffs?
Pittsburgh is currently in the final wild card spot with 96 points, only one more than the Boston Bruins. If the Sabres defeat the Penguins tonight, and Boston defeats Tampa Bay, the mighty Penguins will be sitting at home this post-season.
2. How many players will be playing their final game as a Sabre?
This is a question we won't be able to fully answer for a few months. When you look up and down the roster, there are many who could be gone this offseason. Dalpe, Ellis, Hodgson, Kaleta, Varone, Meszaros, Strachan and Lindback could all be gone. Andre Benoit will miss a second game in a row, meaning we've likely seen the last of him in a Sabres sweater. Chad Ruhwedel will fill in again for him tonight.
Projected BUF lineup
Moulson - Larsson - Ennis
Foligno - Grigorenko - Gionta
Hodgson - Varone - Schaller
Deslauriers - Ellis - Kaleta
Ristolainen - Bogosian
Ruhwedel - Zadorov
Strachan - Meszaros
Goal: Anders Lindback