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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Pittsburgh Penguins

The firesale for the Buffalo Sabres has started, and so far Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regher have been shuffled out of Buffalo for a total of four draft selections.  Three in the 2014 draft, and one in the 2015 draft so far.

With just today and tomorrow remaining in the 2013 NHL trade deadline, who else on the Buffalo Sabres roster will not be here to see the end of the regular season?

With the selling off of parts underway, and heading into tonight’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins after losing three straight – there is little hope remaining for the 2013 edition of the Buffalo Sabres.

What they can do is play the role of spoiler – a role they are probably not comfortable enough filling.

Tonight’s opponent is the well stacked Pittsburgh Penguins, and although they will be without Sidney Crosby, missing number 87 hurts the Pittsburgh Penguins – but does little to damper their chances at a Stanley Cup.

A Buffalo Sabres win could stop the Pittsburgh Penguins in their quest for the NHL record of most regular season wins in a row.  The Penguins have won 15 games straight, and stand just two games away from tying the National Hockey League record of 17 regular season wins in a row.  Of course they wouldn’t be taking that honor away from someone else, but merely adding onto the total they landed in 1992-1993 when the team won 17 regular season games in a row.

It would take an act of hockey gods for the Buffalo Sabres to match the talent and depth on the Penguins roster to be the team that stops them in their winning tracks.  Pittsburgh holds a 28-8 record heading into tonights contest.

While losing Sidney Crosby is bad for the Penguins, they have more than enough talent and leadership on a team that is trying to win its second Stanley Cup in five years, and be the first team win multiple Cups in a five year period since the New Jersey Devils at the turn of the century.

This is just the second meeting of these two teams this season, the first a 4-3 victory for Pittsburgh back on February 17th.  That was before the 15 straight run that had the Pens go without a loss through the entire month of March.

Will the Buffalo Sabres skate against the Pittsburgh Penguins with the roster they have now, or will more subtraction be done?  Will this be the last game we see Jason Pominville or Ryan Miller wearing a blue and gold sweater?

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