About the Sabres - 02-05-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Sabres.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EST. First Niagara Center.

TV: NBC Sports Network, TSN2, RDS.

Record: 15-32-8, 38 points. The Sabres are in last place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Cody Hodgson (right), 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 home loss to the Oilers, Monday. Jhonas Enroth made 25 saves for the Sabres.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-0 road loss, Jan. 27. Ryan Miller made 31 saves for the Sabres.

Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: None. We'll predict a shutout tonight.

Ex-Penguins on the Sabres: Randy Cunneyworth, player development coach; Matt D'Agostini, RW; Matt Moulson, LW (Moulson is a former draft pick who never played for the Penguins organization); Craig Patrick, advisor; Ken Sawyer, senior advisor.

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

Useless Sabres Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Nolan is one of two members of the 1985-86 Penguins who have served as a head coach in the NHL. The other is Cunneyworth who was the Canadiens' coach for part of the 2011-12 season.

Best Sabres Video We Could Find: One-time members of the Sabres going for a "final skate" at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium after the team's final game in that facility in 1996:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (30-13-1, 2.25 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Ryan Miller (14-21-3, 2.68 GAA, .925 SV%) for the Sabres.

Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Chris Kunitz (undisclosed) and Matt Niskanen (undisclosed) are questionable. Defenseman Kris Letang (illness) and left winger Taylor Pyatt ("lower body") are out. Right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), center Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Sabres, defenseman Tyler Myers ("lower body") is doubtful. Center Cody McCormick ("upper body") and left winger Matt Moulson ("upper body") are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a full morning skate. Consider this a guess at their lines and defensive pairings:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 49 Brian Gibbons
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
15 Tanner Glass - 16 Brandon Sutter - 59 Jayson Megna
39 Harry Zolnierczyk - 27 Craig Adams - 5 Deryk Engelland

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen
4 Rob Scuderi - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

-The Sabres held an optional morning skate. Their expected lines and defensive pairings are:

17 Linus Omark - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott - 19 Cody Hodgson - 27 Matt D'Agostini
84 Philip Varone - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 65 Brian Flynn
82 Marcus Foligno - 37 Matt Ellis - 32 John Scott

4 Jamie McBain - 5 Chad Ruhwedel
6 Mike Weber - 19 Christian Ehrhoff
20 Henrik Tallinder - 52 Alexander Sulzer


-The last time the Penguins played the Sabres, this happened:

-Kunitz has 199 career goals.

-Jokinen has 398 career points.

-Neal has 296 career points.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, beings at approximately 7:15 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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