|51||PITTSBURGH||-140||Ov 5.5,-115||-155||Ov 5.5,-115|
|52||BUFFALO||+120||Un 5.5,-105||+135||Un 5.5,-105|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||7-2-0||+4.6||7-2||+4.6||4-5||3.3||29.9||2.0||29.4|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.3||3-2||+0.3||2-3||2.8||27.0||2.2||26.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||48||16||14||17||1||5||449||10.7%||58||16||27.6%||79|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||9||30||14||5||10||1||5||269||11.2%||35||10||28.6%||47|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||14||3||6||5||0||1||135||10.4%||21||7||33.3%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||35||5||18||12||0||1||406||8.6%||59||10||16.9%||59|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||18||2||7||9||0||1||265||6.8%||40||5||12.5%||32|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||2||5||4||0||0||131||8.4%||19||4||21.1%||19|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||10||10||258||236||91.5%||0||7-3||+2||7-3-0||+2||5-5|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)||5||5||147||139||94.6%||0||4-1||+3||4-1-0||+3||1-4|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||108||100||92.6%||0||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||2-2|
|BRAD THIESSEN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|BRAD THIESSEN (Road Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||6||5||147||135||91.8%||0||3-2||0||3-2-0||0||3-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)||4||4||117||108||92.3%||0||3-1||+1.6||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Last 4 Games)||4||3||82||76||92.7%||0||2-1||+0.4||2-1-0||0||1-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||3-4-0||-2.4||3-4||-2.4||5-2||3.1||32.3||3.1||33.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.2||3-2||+1.2||2-3||2.6||29.8||2.6||35.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||15||43||10||13||19||1||3||446||9.6%||55||7||12.7%||75|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||7||22||6||5||10||1||2||226||9.7%||25||6||24.0%||37|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||13||3||3||6||1||1||149||8.7%||19||1||5.3%||21|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||50||10||25||14||1||3||505||9.9%||63||12||19.0%||82|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||22||4||10||7||1||2||231||9.5%||24||7||29.2%||38|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||7||3||0||1||177||7.3%||22||3||13.6%||24|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||13||13||431||395||91.6%||1||6-7||-1.7||6-7-0||-2||7-6|
|RYAN MILLER (Home Games)||7||7||229||209||91.3%||0||3-4||-2.4||3-4-0||-3||5-2|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||144||136||94.4%||1||2-2||+0.1||2-2-0||0||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.04, BUFFALO 3.04|
|1/23/2013||TORONTO||2-5||L||0, -200||L||6 un||O|
|1/25/2013||at WINNIPEG||2-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|1/27/2013||at OTTAWA||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 ov||U|
|1/29/2013||NY ISLANDERS||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 ov||U|
|1/31/2013||at NY RANGERS||3-0||W||0, +100||W|| ||U|
|2/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||5-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||at WASHINGTON||6-3||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/7/2013||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, -200||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/9/2013||at NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -105||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/10/2013||NEW JERSEY||1-3||L||0, -165||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/13/2013||OTTAWA||4-2||W||0, -185||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/15/2013||at WINNIPEG||3-1||W||0, -150||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/17/2013||at BUFFALO|| |
|2/24/2013||TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/26/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
|2/28/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|1/21/2013||at TORONTO||2-1||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|1/24/2013||at CAROLINA||3-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/25/2013||CAROLINA||1-3||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/27/2013||at WASHINGTON||2-3||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|1/29/2013||TORONTO||3-4||L||0, -155||L||5.5 un||O|
|1/31/2013||at BOSTON||7-4||W||0, +155||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/2/2013||at MONTREAL||1-6||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/3/2013||FLORIDA||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/5/2013||at OTTAWA||3-4||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/7/2013||MONTREAL||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||at OTTAWA||0-2||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/21/2013||at TORONTO|| |
|2/23/2013||NY ISLANDERS|| |
|2/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
|2/28/2013||at FLORIDA|| |
LAST SEASON: 51-25-6, 108 points. Lost to Philadelphia 4-2 in first round.
COACH: Dan Bylsma, 5th season with Penguins, 165-81-25.
ADDED: C Brandon Sutter, G Tomas Vokoun, LW Tanner Glass.
LOST: C Jordan Staal, RW Steve Sullivan, G Brent Johnson, RW Arron Asham, D Zbynek Michalek.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Sidney Crosby. The 25-year-old superstar appears to be fully recovered from concussion-like symptoms that limited him to just 22 games last season. He should be back in his comfort zone with linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz along for the ride. If healthy, he's the game's greatest playmaker.
OUTLOOK: With Crosby and reigning league MVP Evgeni Malkin in their primes, anything less than a Stanley Cup will be considered a disappointment.
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-BUFFALO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Penguins-Sabres Preview* =========================
By TAYLOR BECHTOLD STATS Writer
Pittsburgh (10-5-0) at Buffalo (6-8-1), 12:30 p.m. EDT
With one of the league's stingiest defenses, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been quite comfortable playing on the road.
The Penguins, however, may have a difficult time making themselves at home on Sunday when they visit a Buffalo Sabres team looking to build off a big win.
Although it faced a road-heavy start to the lockout-shortened schedule, Pittsburgh (10-5-0) has won seven of nine away from home to move just behind New Jersey for the most points in the Eastern Conference.
The Penguins rank near the top of the East in goals allowed (2.33 per game) overall, but they've given up among the fewest (2.00) in the NHL on the road.
Marc-Andre Fleury has been a major catalyst to the road success. He made 25 saves in a 3-1 win at Winnipeg on Sunday, improving to 4-1-0 with a 1.58 goals-against average in five starts away from home.
Fleury has enjoyed success against Buffalo lately, winning six of his last seven starts with a 2.15 GAA and a shutout.
Sidney Crosby should also be happy to see the Sabres. He has seven goals and 13 assists during a 13-game point streak in the series, notching at least a point in all 12 career games at Buffalo.
This time, though, Buffalo (6-8-1) figures to be riding high following a 4-2 home victory over Northeast Division-leading Boston on Friday.
Christian Ehrhoff scored the game-winner as the Sabres rallied for three third-period goals en route to their third win in five games.
"We got a couple of good shifts in early in the third period," Ehrhoff said. "We rode from there, like a snowball effect."
Although the Sabres are last in the Northeast, they have handed the rival Bruins their only two losses in regulation.
After totaling 11 goals and 23 points in his first 11 games, Buffalo's Thomas Vanek has been held off the scoresheet in his last three contests. He does have a point in each of his last four games against Pittsburgh.
Also struggling lately is captain Jason Pominville, held without a point in five consecutive games after collecting six goals and eight assists in his first 10.
The Sabres also haven't gotten much out of the power play, converting 1 of 30 in over their last eight games.
It's been a much different story for the Penguins, who have scored on the power play in seven straight contests. They've gone 10 for 27 (37.0 percent) during that stretch, and rank near the top of the league (27.6) on the season.
James Neal leads the league with seven of his team-best 11 goals on the power play. He has six goals in his last six games and five in that same stretch against the Sabres.
Craig Adams scored his first two goals of the season Friday to key the team's second straight win.
"If I had more nights like this I would make a better living," Adams said.
The Penguins would do well to get off to a fast start, having won nine of 12 when scoring first. They've done so in an NHL-best 12 games, including all nine on the road.
While Buffalo's Ryan Miller has a 2.01 GAA in his last four starts, he's 1-5-0 with a 4.06 mark in his last seven against the Penguins.
Pittsburgh has won eight of 10 against the Sabres, including three of four in Buffalo.
|Last Updated: 12/19/2014 3:59:30 AM EST|