The Sabres must come away from this game with points. They had better come out flying. Pens will be looking to get on the board quick after their last two 5-3 losses to the Isles. I expect a good effort as the Pens should be getting up for this Friday night game. Sabres have to match it and then continue solid play in periods 2-3. Get the W, or at least a point.
How can we possibly lose when DEREK F'ING PLANTE is in the house?!?!?!
Channel the ghost of Tugnutt tonight. Get the 2 points. Break Washington's spirit.
Well, if TBN and TSN are right, the Sabres may get the next best thing with Brent Johnson tonight:
Looks like the Sabres will be facing backup Brent Johnson in goal as Marc-Andre Fleury, who lost last night on Long Island and has already played 64 games this season, took the Pens' optional morning skate with the team's healthy scratches. (The big names like Crosby were not here)
Johnson has been out with an undisclosed injury since getting pulled against the Sabres on Feb. 19. He has terrible career numbers against Buffalo (6-5-0, 3.76, .867) and has been brutal against everyone this year (3-7-2, 3.17, .882), but the Penguins likely need to save Fleury for Sunday afternoon's fourth-place showdown against Philadelphia.
With Crosby & Malkin in the mix, who knows if the Sabres will be up to the task but look at this way: if a doormat like the Islanders can win back-to-back games against the Pens with those 2 guys in the lineup, why can't the Sabres with a better roster and goaltending?