Friday, March 30, 2012

Pens @ Sabres Preview

The Pens are 47-24-6 in 4th place in the Eastern Conference at 100 points, still. The Sabres are 38-29-10 in 8th at 86 points.

The Sabres have been on fire as they push for a playoff spot. Currently tied with the Caps for 8th, with Caps beating Bruins last night. They have been playing some great hockey and will look to overtake the Caps once again. The big story was there big win over the Caps this week. It was a huge boost to the Sabres. They have gone 7-0-2 in their last nine games, earning a fifth straight win (with win against Caps).

Most productive line for the Sabres right now is the the line of Tyler Ennis, Drew Stafford, and Marcus Foligno. They combine for seventeen goals and 37 assist in their last nine games.

Another big player that has had an huge impact on the Sabres surge for a playoff spot. Miller has been a fortress in the net for them. He was shaky at first with trouble in the net and dealing with a concussion/neck injury. Now he has gone 14-1-3 in his last eighteen starts.

Unfortunately the Sabres loss Christian Ehrhoff due to injury he sustained in the game against the Caps. Big time defenseman for them and will be a big loss for them.

For the Pens we have Sid. He would be a great candidate to crack Ryan Miller. He has scored big time on the netminder, not only at the olympics, but the regular season. Hopefully it happens tonight.

Duper has a chance to establish the NHL's longest point streak for this season. Right now he is tied with Eric Staal and John Tavares. He has notched fifteen points, with nine goals and six assist in that streak.

Geno has reached the 100 point mark, with his 47th goal last night. He is the first player this season to reach the century mark.

The Pens need to bounce back from these two losses against the Islanders. They should learn from the losses and move forward to winning.


Tanger with lower body injury
Niskanen with upper body injury
Vitale with upper body injury
Lovejoy with knee injury

Jochen Hecht with concussion
Nathan Gerbe with upper body injury
Matt Ellis with knee injury


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