Sabres Gamenight: Pittsburgh Penguins

I cursed the snow last night.  My normal twenty minute commute turned into an hour.  Luckily I got home before the city plow buried my driveway.  By the time I got done shoveling the drive (yes, I still shovel, no snow blower for this Buffalonian) it was almost 730.  Anyone reading this from Buffalo can feel my pain from last night.   So I was cursing the snow.  Today on my drive in, not so much, after I learned the problems that the Penguins had coming into Buffalo.  First their plane was re-routed to Niagara Falls – then their bus got stuck (I would loved to have seen Sydney Crosby and the gang out pushing that bus – but the coaches handled it).  With a long travel night because of the snow, and a divisional game against New Jersey on Wednesday – it makes you wonder how much gas the ‘guins are going to try and use tonight.

With the travel and schedule factors, the Sabres will also have Ryan Miller in net tonight.

The sun is still shining in Buffalo, so I won’t worry about not getting home in time to enjoy my dinner before game time.  Lalime did not do bad in his outing against Pittsburgh, losing 2-1 in shootouts.  If that is going to be the tone of the game again tonight, the Sabres are 10-1-4 in one goal games, so the odds are pretty good they come out with two points.

With the prospect of possibly playing Brent Johnson in net, the odds of getting two points are even better, while Fleury and Miller will be a great goaltending duel, Pittsburgh may reserve Fleury for the game against the Devils on Wednesday night.  Johnson’s goals against versus the Sabres over his career is very close to an 8.00 – something the Sabres can use to help spark some of their smoldering offensive weapons.

The Sabres have to be feeling good after coming from behind twice to steal a big win over St. Louis, improving their record against Western Conference teams to 7-0.  They are catching the Penguins on the start of a four game road trip.

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