Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1-0-0)
Root Sports, MSG-B - 7:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
Outside of Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller, the Buffalo Sabres are barely an NHL team. Steve Ott is one of their "co-captains." Yes, co-captains. Yes, Steve Ott.
Of course, this means the Sabres will play like the 1976–77 Montreal Canadiens tonight against the Penguins. It's just how things work.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby/Chuck Kobasew/Craig Adams (1G) - Just like we all expected, right?
Sabres: Zemgus Girgensons (1G)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (1-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.00 Sv% )
Sabres: Jhonas Enroth (N/A)
Penguins: Defeated New Jersey Devils 3-0.
Sabres: Lost 1-0 to Ottawa Senators.
Opposition Blog: [Die by the Blade]
What They're Saying: "Sabres fall to Senators in entertaining home opener 1-0"
Let's be very clear right off the bat - this game was a battle of two goaltenders, both of whom are auditioning to become the team's starter for the 2014 Olympics. Miller was fantastic tonight, making 45 saves, many of the spectacular variety, while Anderson made 35 saves in the shutout.
The Sabres will go as far this year as Miller will carry them, and tonight he showed that he could carry them quite far indeed. Making multiple 2-on-1, power play, and breakaway saves, #30 proved that he still holds significant value as a starter, and showed that he might have another Olympic-fueled Vezina campaign in him. We expect Jhonas Enroth tomorrow, but let's see how this story plays out as he season progresses.
What Happened Last Time: April 23, 2013 - Pens lost 4-2 [Our Recap]
The big thing from this game was the mysterious injury to Brooks Orpik and the return of Geno Malkin, who looked pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Marc-Andre Fleury. He looked strong against the Devils, but so did the Penguins' defense. Is this the dawning of a new Fleury, the creation of a new defensive scheme for the Pens or is it just the regular season?.
Sabres Player(s) to Watch: John Scott, because he's such a bad hockey player that his coach got fined for playing him.
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today's Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines via Penguins.NHL.com:
Chris Kunitz - Sidney Crosby - Pascal Dupuis
Jussi Jokinen - Evgeni Malkin - Beau Bennett
Dustin Jeffrey - Brandon Sutter - Chuck Kobasew
Tanner Glass - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Brooks Orpik - Paul Martin
Rob Scuderi - Matt Niskanen
Olli Maatta/Deryk Engelland - Robert Bortuzzo
Buffalo Sabres lines via Daily Faceoff:
Thomas Vanek - Cody Hodgson - Drew Stafford
Tyler Ennis - Johan Larsson - Steve Ott
Zemgus Girgensons - Mikhail Grigorenko - Brian Flynn
John Scott - Kevin Porter - Patrick Kaleta
Christian Ehrhoff - Mark Pysyk
Henrik Tallinder - Tyler Myers
Mike Weber - Rasmus Ristolainen