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About the Sabres - 04-02-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Sabres.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Conol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN2, RDS2.

Record: 13-17-6, 32 points. The Sabres are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Thomas Vanek, 33 points (16 goals, 17 assists).

Last Game: 2-0 home loss to the Bruins, Sunday. Ryan Miller (right) made 29 saves for the Sabres.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-3 home loss, Feb. 17. Pascal Dupuis had two goals and an assist for the Penguins.

Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Steve Ott. He has points in his last five games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Sabres: None.

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

Useless Sabres Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Ron Rolston is one of two active NHL coaches born in Michigan. The other is the Penguins' Dan Bylsma.

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Probable goaltenders: Tomas Vokoun (10-3-0, 2.33 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Penguins. Ryan Miller (11-15-5, 2.89 GAA, .911 SV%) for the Sabres.

Injuries: For the Penguins, center Sidney Crosby (mouth) is out. Defensemen Kris Letang ("lower body") and Paul Martin (hand) are on injured reserve. For the Sabres, center Ville Leino ("upper body") and left winger Thomas Vanek ("upper body") are out. Defenseman Alexander Sulzer ("lower body") is out.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 48 Tyler Kennedy - 9 Pascal Dupuis
18 James Neal - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 16 Brandon Sutter - 24 Matt Cooke
15 Tanner Glass - 17 Dustin Jeffrey - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 4 Mark Eaton
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
5 Deryk Engelland - 47 Simon Despres

-The Sabres' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

9 Steve Ott - 55 Jochen Hecht - 29 Jason Pominville
82 Marcus Foligno - 63 Tyler Ennis - 21 Drew Stafford
42 Nathan Gerbe - 12 Kevin Porter - 65 Brian Flynn
72 Luke Adam - 19 Cody Hodgson - 36 Patrick Kaleta

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 57 Tyler Myers
6 Mike Weber - 53 Mark Pysyk
27 Adam Pardy - 44 Andrej Sekera

Notes:

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

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-The Penguins enter the game with a 15-game winning streak, tied with the 1981-82 Islanders as the second-longest in NHL history. They only trail the 1992-93 Penguins' 17-game winning streak.

-Vokoun enters the game with a franchise-record 162:42 shutout sequence.

-Malkin (553) needs three more points to surpass left winger Kevin Stevens for seventh-most points in franchise history.

-Assuming he plays, Orpik will appear in his 622nd career game. He will surpass Ron Stackhouse (621) for fifth-most in franchise history and most among defensemen.

-Robert Bortuzzo was recalled from a conditioning assingment with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-The last time the Penguins faced the Sabres without Lindy Ruff as the head coach, the Penguins won, 5-3, at the Civic Arena, March 18, 1997. Greg Johnson scored two goals for the Penguins.

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

(Photo: Miller-Al Bello/Getty Images)

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