Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #3: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) are digging themselves a hole that they may not be able to get out of.  We all knew coming into the season that the first three games were going

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to be tough for the young Sabres – a test to see how they were going to respond to the youth movement ushered in by, well lets call it what it is at this point, Darcy Regier painful attempt at a rebuild.

Ryan Miller has been the shining star for the team since opening night – he has kept the Buffalo Sabres in both games so far this season.  If this small sampling of games is what the rest of the season is going to offer, both he and Thomas Vanek will be needing change of address forms this season.

The storylines in the first two Buffalo games comes down to seconds.  The Detroit Red Wings needed only 34 seconds to cripple the Sabres, last night after nearly 58 minutes of holding on, the Sabres saw the game slip away from them with just 95 seconds to go.

You can’t truly fault Miller for the two losses – he has stopped 77 of the 80 shots sent his way.  For our defensive, which was supposed to be the best part of our roster heading into the season – you cannot continue to allow your starting goaltender to face those kind of numbers.

For the Buffalo offense – they are heading into the Consol Energy Center to face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that just shut out the New Jersey Devils in their home opener.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are skating into tonight’s contest with a  couple of injuries.  Tomas Vokoun remains sidelined on the long term IR following his blood clot issue.  Kris Letang is still out but should return soon from his lower body injury – and last night the team lost James Neal to an upper body injury that the Penguins feel is going to sideline the forward for at least a week if not longer.

Buffalo remains without Marcus Foligno and Corey Tropp from injuries received in the pre season, as well as Ville Leino from his cracked rib in game one.

Game time is scheduled for 7PM.

Topics: Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins

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