|1||PITTSBURGH||-190||Ov 6.5,+100||-160||Ov 6.5,-105|
|2||BUFFALO||+165||Un 6.5,-120||+140||Un 6.5,-115|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||17-18-0||-5.2||17-18||-5.2||18-16||3.4||32.6||3.0||32.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3||4-1||+3||1-4||3.2||32.8||2.2||34.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||70||242||78||93||65||6||14||2287||10.6%||194||49||25.3%||407|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||35||120||33||48||36||3||7||1140||10.5%||89||28||31.5%||199|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||3||8||4||1||3||164||9.8%||19||5||26.3%||24|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||213||62||77||65||9||14||2351||9.1%||197||39||19.8%||363|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||104||30||35||32||7||10||1142||9.1%||98||14||14.3%||174|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||11||3||4||4||0||1||174||6.3%||16||3||18.7%||20|
|CASEY DESMITH (All Games)||34||29||1021||933||91.4%||1||14-15||-9.5||14-15-0||-10||13-13|
|CASEY DESMITH (Road Games)||14||13||416||375||90.1%||0||4-9||-8||4-9-0||-8||6-6|
|CASEY DESMITH (Last 4 Games)||4||3||118||104||88.1%||0||1-2||-1.1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|TRISTAN JARRY (All Games)||2||2||62||55||88.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|TRISTAN JARRY (Road Games)||2||2||62||55||88.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|TRISTAN JARRY (Last 4 Games)||2||2||62||55||88.7%||0||0-2||-2.3||0-2-0||-2||1-1|
|MATT MURRAY (All Games)||39||39||1256||1152||91.7%||2||24-15||+1.7||24-15-0||+3||19-18|
|MATT MURRAY (Road Games)||20||20||656||610||93.0%||0||13-7||+5.1||13-7-0||+5||11-9|
|MATT MURRAY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||139||131||94.2%||1||3-1||+2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||19-15-0||+2.4||19-15||+2.4||20-14||3.1||33.1||3.0||32.5|
|Last 5 Games||0-5-0||-5.3||0-5||-5.3||3-2||1.8||33.4||3.8||34.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||69||194||61||62||60||11||11||2254||8.6%||205||38||18.5%||328|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||34||105||34||34||31||6||6||1126||9.3%||98||21||21.4%||172|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||9||5||3||1||0||0||167||5.4%||11||1||9.1%||14|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||221||55||81||76||9||17||2282||9.7%||181||32||17.7%||362|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||103||19||38||42||4||6||1105||9.3%||82||14||17.1%||173|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||19||5||8||5||1||3||174||10.9%||14||2||14.3%||31|
|CARTER HUTTON (All Games)||42||40||1265||1154||91.2%||1||15-25||-9.4||15-25-0||-10||20-19|
|CARTER HUTTON (Home Games)||20||19||607||561||92.4%||0||11-8||+2.2||11-8-0||+2||9-10|
|CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)||4||3||138||128||92.8%||1||0-3||-3||0-3-0||-3||2-1|
|LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)||32||29||1003||910||90.7%||2||15-14||+3.4||15-14-0||+5||18-10|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Home Games)||16||15||492||441||89.6%||1||8-7||+0.2||8-7-0||+1||11-4|
|LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)||4||4||122||109||89.3%||0||1-3||-2.2||1-3-0||-2||3-1|
|SCOTT WEDGEWOOD (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|SCOTT WEDGEWOOD (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.14, BUFFALO 3.23|
|2/16/2019||CALGARY||4-5||L||0, -140||L||6.5 ov||O|
|2/17/2019||NY RANGERS||6-5||W||0, -235||W||6.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2019||at NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6.5 ov||O|
|2/21/2019||SAN JOSE||0-4||L||0, -110||L||7 un||U|
|2/23/2019||at PHILADELPHIA||3-4||L||0, -140||L||6.5 un||O|
|2/26/2019||at COLUMBUS||5-2||W||0, +140||W||6.5 ov||O|
|3/1/2019||at BUFFALO||3-4||L||0, -130||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/2/2019||at MONTREAL||5-1||W||0, +105||W||6.5 ov||U|
|3/5/2019||FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -180||W||7 ev||U|
|3/7/2019||COLUMBUS||3-0||W||0, -130||W||6.5 ov||U|
|3/9/2019||at COLUMBUS||1-4||L||0, +125||L||6.5 ov||U|
|3/10/2019||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, -120||W||6.5 un||U|
|3/12/2019||WASHINGTON||5-3||W||0, -125||W||6.5 ev||O|
|3/14/2019||at BUFFALO|| |
|3/16/2019||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/19/2019||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/21/2019||at NASHVILLE|| |
|3/23/2019||at DALLAS|| |
|3/25/2019||at NY RANGERS|| |
|2/15/2019||NY RANGERS||2-6||L||0, -150||L||6 un||O|
|2/17/2019||at NEW JERSEY||1-4||L||0, -130||L||6 un||U|
|2/19/2019||at FLORIDA||2-4||L||0, +130||L||6 ev||P|
|2/21/2019||at TAMPA BAY||1-2||L||0, +260||L||6.5 ov||U|
|2/23/2019||WASHINGTON||5-2||W||0, +105||W||6 un||O|
|2/25/2019||at TORONTO||3-5||L||0, +210||L||6.5 ev||O|
|2/26/2019||at PHILADELPHIA||2-5||L||0, +130||L||6.5 un||O|
|3/1/2019||PITTSBURGH||4-3||W||0, +110||W||6.5 ov||O|
|3/2/2019||at TORONTO||2-5||L||0, +225||L||6.5 ov||O|
|3/4/2019||EDMONTON||3-4||L||0, -130||L||6 ov||O|
|3/7/2019||at CHICAGO||4-5||L||0, +105||L||7 ov||O|
|3/9/2019||at COLORADO||0-3||L||0, +125||L||6.5 ov||U|
|3/12/2019||DALLAS||0-2||L||0, +125||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/16/2019||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/17/2019||ST LOUIS|| |
|3/23/2019||at MONTREAL|| |
|3/25/2019||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|PITTSBURGH: LAST SEASON: 47-29-6, 100 points. Finished second in Metropolitan Division. |
LOST to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Mike Sullivan (fourth season, sixth NHL season).
ADDED: D Jack Johnson, C Matt Cullen.
LOST: F Conor Sheary, F Tom Kuhnhackl, D Matt Hunwick, F Carter Rowney.
PLAYER TO WATCH: G Matt Murray. The 24-year-old endured an up and down first season as the franchise's full-time starter. His goals against average (2.92) and save percentage (.907) all took significant dips off his previous two seasons. Having spotty play in front of him didn't help. If Murray can return to the steady form that helped the Penguins to consecutive Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017, Pittsburgh will be a tough out in the postseason.
OUTLOOK: Pittsburgh's bid to become the first team in more than 30 years to "threepeat" ended with a loss to Washington. They opted to tinker than totally retool in the offseason, splurging on Johnson and bringing back the 42-year-old Cullen to provide depth down the middle. With Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin around, the Penguins will always be in the mix. But with the core of Crosby, Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang all in their early 30s, staying fresh for eight months will be a challenge.
|BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
|Penguins surging ahead of visit to Eichel-less Sabres|
The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in a position that could be described as precarious. Or advantageous. It depends on your perspective.
Heading into a game Thursday against the Sabres (30-30-9, 69 points) in Buffalo, the Penguins (38-23-9, 85) are equidistant in terms of points from the first-place Washington Capitals (89) in the Metropolitan Division and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (Canadiens and Blue Jackets, 81).
"There's a fine line between winning and losing in this league," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. "The parity in the league is as good as it's ever been. Every night is a hard-fought game. And that's just the reality of today's NHL.
"So I think the competitive advantage lies in preparation and execution and focus."
Pittsburgh has won five of its past six games despite a list of injuries that currently includes defensemen Kris Letang and Olli Maatta, as well as wingers Zach Aston-Reese and Bryan Rust. Letang seems the closest to returning.
The Penguins' 5-3 comeback win Tuesday against Washington pulled them to within four points of the division lead.
"We're aware that we have a chance to catch Washington," Pittsburgh defenseman Marcus Pettersson told The Athletic. "It's not the biggest goal, but it is a goal. And I'm sure it would give us some confidence going into the playoffs."
Pittsburgh leading scorer Sidney Crosby has reached 90 points by amassing eight goals and 17 points over the past nine games.
The Penguins are aiming for their 13th straight appearance in the postseason, but that is not assured with 12 games left in the regular season.
Their win Tuesday ended Washington's seven-game winning streak. In their previous game, the Penguins snapped Boston's 19-game point streak.
"Those are two really good teams that we beat," said goaltender Matt Murray, who has started a career-high nine games in a row. "I like our game the last couple here. We're trending in the right direction. We definitely have to keep it going."
The Sabres would seem to be a prime opponent for that. Buffalo has lost five straight games (0-4-1) and 11 of the past 13, is a long way out of a playoff spot and will be playing without leading scorer Jack Eichel, who will be serving the second game of a two-game suspension.
In their first game without Eichel, who was disciplined for an illegal check to the head of Colorado forward Carl Soderberg, the Sabres fell to Dallas 2-0 on Tuesday. It was their second straight shutout loss.
Pittsburgh is 0-0-2 against the Sabres this season, but Buffalo is reeling.
"Just stay the course," Buffalo coach Phil Housley said. "I mean, we've just got to keep digging in here and working. We're going to break through. ... It's just right now, this is where we're at as a group. We've got to find a way to make it tougher on goalies."
Buffalo scored 13 goals in four games before the two shutout losses. That includes a 4-3 overtime win at Pittsburgh on March 1. But the bottom has dropped out offensively, and Eichel won't be coming to the rescue Thursday.
"If you have zero goals you can always do more," winger Jeff Skinner said. "We'll keep working on it."
Buffalo defenseman Zach Bogosian (upper body) did not play in the third period Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday. Housley did not have an update on his status.
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 3/20/2019 8:35:54 PM EST|