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About the Sabres - 04-23-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Sabres.

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

TV: Root Sports, MSG Buffalo.

Record: 19-21-6, 44 points. The Sabres are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Northeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Thomas Vanek, 37 points (18 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 home loss to the Jets, last night. Jhonas Enroth made 37 saves for the Sabres.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road win, April 2. Marc-Andre Fleury made 16 saves for the Penguins.

Sabres Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Tyler Ennis (right). He enters the game with a four-game scoring streak.

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: The first hat trick at home by a Sabres player was recorded by left winger Eddie Schack in a 5-2 win against the Kings, Feb. 4, 1971.

Best Sabres Video We Could Find: Former Sabres and Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso pitching for a Western New York car dealership:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (22-6-0, 2.32 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Penguins. Ryan Miller (15-17-5, 2.89 GAA, .912 SV%) for the Sabres.

Injuries: Right winger Beau Bennett ("upper body") is questionable. Centers Sidney Crosby (mouth), Evgeni Malkin ("upper body"), defenseman Kris Letang (illness) and left winger James Neal (concussion) are out. Defenseman Paul Martin (hand) is on injured reserve. For the Sabres, right winger Patrick Kaleta (hand), left winger Ville Leino ("upper body") and defenseman Tyler Myers (leg) are out. Defenseman Alexander Sulzer ("lower body") is on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a formal morning skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Senators last night were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 36 Jussi Jokinen - 12 Jarome Iginla
10 Brenden Morrow - 17 Dustin Jeffrey - 9 Pascal Dupuis
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
33 Steve MacIntyre - 27 Craig Adams - 15 Tanner Glass

44 Brooks Orpik - 5 Deryk Engelland
3 Douglas Murray - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

-The Sabres held an optional morning skate. Their primary lines and defensive pairings against the Jets last night were:

63 Tyler Ennis - 19 Cody Hodgson - 26 Thomas Vanek
25 Mikhail Grigorenko - 55 Jochen Hecht - 21 Drew Stafford
9 Steve Ott - 12 Kevin Porter - 65 Brian Flynn
42 Nathan Gerbe - 82 Marcus Foligno - 32 John Scott

10 Christian Ehrhoff - 44 Andrej Sekera
27 Adam Pardy - 53 Mark Pysyk
6 Mike Weber - 5 Chad Ruhwedel

Notes:

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

-The Penguins are still mathematically alive for the President's Trophy.

-Fleury has 149 career losses.

-Dupuis has 198 career assists.

-“Coming out of the tunnel last night and seeing Pittsburgh again was cool. It’s a great city. They did a great job hosting the Frozen Four. It was incredible, a lot of fun.” - Ruhwedel. He was a member of the Massachusetts-Lowell team which participated in the Frozen Four earlier this month at Consol Energy Center.

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