Gameday #16: @ Buffalo Sabres

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS @ Buffalo Sabres

First Niagara Center, 12:30 PM, NBC

For the first time in literally two weeks the Pens are playing a game against a team they have not played so far this year. Mind you the Pens are only playing against 14 teams during the regular season, but only today will they have played even half of those teams. It’s been so long since the Pens played a new team that I completely forgot to make a new gameday header… oops.

And today’s game should be a good one. The Pens are in Buffalo to face the Sabres. Going back to the mid-90s Sabres games have always been great rivalry games. And today should be no different. Today the NHL celebrates National Hockey Day Across America, which I guess is supposed to spread hockey awareness across the country, to places like Southern California, Florida, and the Southwest.

Certainly Mr. America Ryan Miller will be in goal for the Sabres, but in order to spread this awareness the league is pitting 2 Canadians against an Austrian in order to see who will be the league’s leading scorer at the end of the day.

Tyler Myers will not be a healthy scratch in today’s game, at least as far as everyone on the Internet is concerned. The Sabres are currently last in the Northeast Division, but they are coming off of a quality win against the Bruins.

I can’t find any interesting news on Buffalo so instead here’s a couple of decent stories from Pro Hockey Talk, one deals with Vanek’s success this year, the other deals with the state of American hockey.

We figure that Vokoun will probably get the nod in net for the Pens today and that Bennett will spend more time with Geno and Neal. Otherwise we think everything will be pretty status quo.

An epic article from Seth Rorabaugh over at Empty Netters on Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk getting involved in the whole Matt Cooke/Erik Karlsson situation. What a joke.

Keep the pedal down. Go Pens.

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