A preview of the Sabres.
Leading Scorer: Thomas Vanek, 15 points (12 goals, 3 assists).
Last Game: 6-1 home loss to the Blue Jackets last night.
Last Game against the Penguins: 7-3 road loss, March 12. Chris Minard scored his first NHL goal.
Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Jochen Hecht. We have no actualy reason for picking him. We just like his name.
Ex-Penguins: Patrick Lalime.
Useless Sabres Trivia: Miroslav Satan is one of three one-time Penguins players to have served as the Sabres' captain. The other two are Stu Barnes and Mike Ramsey.
Best Sabres YouTube Video We Could Find: How can we go with anything not related to the Winter Classic?
-With Lalime getting the start in Columbus last night, Ryan Miller (above) is expected to start in net for Buffalo tonight.
-Sabres forward and super pest Patrick Kaleta was a healthy scratch last night.
-The Penguins will be busting out the power blues tonight. Marc-Andre Fleury and Dany Sabourin will be sportings masks they didn't get to use in the Winter Classic.
-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.
EVEN MORE FROM DETROIT
-We're not officially convinced more Penguins fans were in attendance in Joe Louis Arena than Red Wings fans. We've gotten even more photos from that game from an EN reader who wished to stay anonymous on account of skipping class to attend the game:
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Penguins games aren't exactly boring.
-Paul Bissonnette was placed on waivers.
-The Penguins announced the 11 dates they will wear their blue jerseys.
-John Curry made 33 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 4-2 loss at Binghamton.
-Nick Johnson had a goal and two assists for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to visiting Dayton, 6-3. The loss was the first in regulation for Wheeling.
-Islanders defenseman Thomas Pock was suspended five games for elbowing Senators forward Ryan Shannon in the head.
-Do the Devils have a goaltending controversy? Choosing between Scott Clemmensen and Kevin Weekes as your goaltender is like choosing to walk on either nails or broken glass.
-Canadiens defenseman Mike Komisarek (above) is dealing with a hand injury.
-The Senators recalled defenseman Ilya Zubov from Binghamton of the AHL.
-Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray teed off on his team.
-Brooks Laich and Alex Ovechkin each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals in a 3-1 win against the Devils.
-Former Penguins goaltender Johan Hedberg made 27 saves for the Thrashers who edged the Hurricanes, 3-2. Atlanta has won five consecutive games.
-Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen (back) and defenseman Mathieu Schneider (hip) are dealing with injuries.
-Capitals defenseman Tom Poti looks like a racoon.
-ESPN's Bill Simmons called the Capitals' fan base weak. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis got mad.
-Capitals forward Alexander Semin (right) is dealing with an "upper-body" injury.
-Shockingly, Barry Melrose didn't exactly arrive in Tampa Bay with an actual plan as the head coach.
-The Lightning will be paying $3.5 million to Melrose and John Tortorella to not coach them.
-Melrose's circus was doomed from the start.
-Tampa Bay is a joke.
-Because they apparently don't have enough forwards, the Lightning is pursuing free agent forward Mats Sundin.
-This Hossa guy is good. Former Penguins forward Marian Hossa had two goals for the Red Wings who edged the Panthers, 3-2.
-Andy McDonald had two goals, including one in overtime, that gave the Blues a 4-3 win at Chicago. Blues defenseman Cam Paddock, a former Penguins prospect, scored his first career goal.
-Dan Hamius' overtime goal gave the Predators a 4-3 win at Anaheim.
-The Blues recalled defenseman Jeff Woywitka from Peoria of the AHL.
-The Oilers put defenseman Ladislav Smid on injured reserve and recalled forward Liam Reddox from Springfield of the AHL.
-The Canucks recalled defenseman Lawrence Nycholat from Manitoba of the AHL.
-Vancouver forward Kyle Wellwood will be playing his former team, the Maple Leafs, for the first time since being cut loose by them in the offseason.
-Kings rookie defenseman Drew Doughty (above), the teams' first-round pick this year, has been playing some serious minutes.
-Coyotes assistant coach and former Penguins blue liner Ulf Samuelsson says defenseman need to be mobile these days.
-The struggling Stars don't have any plans to make any immediate changes.
-The Ducks have granted teams permission to talk to former general manager Brian Burke.
-The Sharks are doing a "dads trip."
-The NHL is investigating ballot stuffing in regards to the All-Star Lame Game. We don't even know what to say about this without swearing.
(Photos: Miller-Dave Sandford/Getty Images; Komisarek-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Semin-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Doughty-Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)