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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Buffalo Sabres can finish the season with a .500 record, but it involves winning out of their remaining games.  The team that stands in their way tonight is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who face the Buffalo Sabres with another epic winning streak on the line.

The last time the teams met, Pittsburgh was looking at tying an NHL record they set with most wins in a row.  They were running on a 15 game winning streak, and were two battles away from tying the record.  They were two away from meeting the mark, when the Buffalo Sabres said, not in my house.

How happy would the Buffalo Sabres be if they could prevent the Pittsburgh Penguins from continuing their current winning streak which stands at seven games?  Happier that Dikembe Mutombo blocked a shot.

Jhonas Enroth played last night against Winnipeg, and with interim head coach Ron Rolston stating that both Ryan Miller and Enroth would play out the stretch, you can bet that Miller will be in net tonight to face off against the best team in the Eastern Conference.  There is little for either team to play for, as the Pittsburgh Penguins have secured home ice advantage through every round of the playoffs – except the Stanley Cup Finals if both the Penguins and the Chicago Blackhawks make it through the gauntlet.

Pittsburgh still has a chance at claiming the Presidents Trophy for 2013 – but with a three point disadvantage to the Blackhawks – it is unlikely they will claim the top spot in the league.

With just two games remaining on the schedule, Thomas Vanek still needs two goals to reach the 20 goal plateau.  Only three members of the Buffalo Sabres even have double digit scoring this year, with Cody Hodgson netting 15 goals, and Tyler Ennis has 10.  This would be Thomas Vanek’s first season in the National Hockey League that he didn’t score 20 or more goals.  His previous worst season was his rookie year when he netted 25 goals.  Last season he only scored 26.

Game time tonight is scheduled for 7:30 – and this game is a reschedule from Saturday’s game which had to be postponed because of adjustments to the Boston Bruins schedule.


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