Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Penguins Game Day 40 - @ Buffalo Sabres

Buffalo Sabres


7:00 PM, HSBC Center, Buffalo, NY



The Penguins roll into Buffalo to take on a very good Sabres team just a day before they roll over to The Rock to take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night to kick off their four game road swing.

The Penguins are coming off a tough 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night 4-3.



I am not going to lie I didn't really get a good look at the game since I was all over the place on Sunday.

The last time the Penguins and Sabres met was at the HSBC Center on December 19 which resulted in a 2-1 win for the Pengins in the shootout.



Now Ryan Miller did not play in the game that night so that will be a huge deal as he is expected to play in tonights game. Not sure if anyone follows the NHL much but Ryan Miller is kind of a big deal. So far this year he is supporting a 1.98 GAA, a league best .935 save percentage and 21 wins (one behind Marc Andre Fluery). Miller has struggled against the Penguins, however, is 2-2-1 with a 4.14 GAA in his last five starts versus the Penguins.

ESPN also fills us in that the Sabres are 10-1-4 in one-goal games.

Here is the expected line up tonight for the game with the Sabres

Forwards
Fedotenko-Crosby-Dupuis
Kunitz-Malkin-Guerin
Cooke-Staal-Rupp
Talbot-Adams-Godard

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
Skoula-Letang
McKee-Goligoski

Netminder
Fleury

It must be noted that Mark Eaton might play so if he does you can pencil him in for Marty Skoula and Tyler Kennedy might be a game time decision to play. If TK is in the lineup then you would probably scratch Godard and put Rupp down on the fourth line and put TK in with Cooke and Staal.

Before we let you go here is a little statistical breakdown of the game:




Lets Go Pens

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