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About the Sabres 12-11-10

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Sabres.

When and where: 7 p.m., HSBC Arena.

TV: FSN Pittsburgh, MSG Buffalo.

Record: 12-13-4, 28 points. The Sabres are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and third place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Derek Roy (right), 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 6-3 home win, Thursday. Paul Gaustad had two goals and an assist for the Sabres

Last Game against the Penguins: 1-0 home loss, Nov. 24. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves in the win.

Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Mark Mancari. He has one point in one career game against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Sabres: Patrick Lalime, G; Jordan Leopold, D.

Ex-Sabres on the Penguins: Jason Botterill, assistant general manager; Andre Savard, professional scout.

Useless Sabres Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The last goaltender to record a shutout for the Sabres other than Ryan Miller was former Penguin Jocelyn Thibault. He made 17 saves in a 3-0 win at Boston, April 5, 2008.

Best Sabres Video We Could Find: Former Sabres goon Rob Ray was pretty effective in terms of fan relations:

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Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (13-6-1, 2.33 GAA, .912 SV%) for the Penguins and Ryan Miller (10-7-3, 2.33 GAA, .920 SV%) for the Sabres..

Injuries: For the Penguins, forward Evgeni Malkin (knee) is day to day. Forwards Mike Comrie (undisclosed), Jordan Staal (hand) and defenseman Alex Grant (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Sabres, forward Drew Stafford ("upper-body") is day to day. Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn (concussion) is doubtful. Forwards Tim Connolly ("lower body") and Rob Niedermayer (knee) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines during yesterday's practice were:

Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Maxime Talbot - Arron Asham
Chris Conner - Mark Letestu - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Eric Godard

-Their primary defensive pairings against the Maple Leafs Wednesday were:

Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland

-The Sabres' primary lines and defensive pairings against the Sharks Thursday were:

Nathan Gerbe - Derek Roy - Thomas Vanek
Tyler Ennis - Jochen Hecht - Patrick Kaleta
Marc Mancari - Luke Adam - Jason Pominville
Cody McCormick - Paul Gaustad - Mike Grier

Andrej Sekera - Tyler Myers
Jordan Leopold - Steve Montador
Chris Butler - Mike Weber

Notes:

-Malkin is expected to practice today.

-Welcome back Dustin Jeffrey.

-Quirky Stat of the Day: The Penguins' winning streak is the longest by a visiting team in the Sabres' 40-season history.

-Talbot has 49 career goals.

-Kennedy has 49 career assists.

-Martin has 148 career assists.

-Crosby has 347 career assists.

-After a rough start to the season, Myers is starting to come around.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 7 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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