Gameday #46: v. Buffalo Sabres




Consol Energy Center, 7:30 PM, Root Sports

I don’t think anyone who is a big hockey fan, or fan of the Penguins, is overly interested in tonight’s game. Far more interesting will be the Capitals-Jets game in Washington. A Washington win in regulation locks up the Southeast Division for them and essentially crystallizes the 8 playoff bound teams in the Eastern Conference. A Winnipeg win would move them into a playoff position and knock the Senators (who completely forgot about that last night) back out of the playoffs, it would also leave open the possibility of Winnipeg winning the Southeast and the Capitals earning the 8th playoff spot. A Winnipeg regulation win would put them on top of the division although the Caps hold a game in hand. So in other words, that game is more important to the Penguins then the game they’re playing tonight.

As a disclaimer this is the game that was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday evening but was pushed back in the wake of the Boston Marathon Manhunt that played out on Friday. The game starts at 7:30 so be prepared for another late night. If you had tickets for the game Saturday you have tickets for tonight’s game, just go and they’ll take care of the rest.

And from there I literally don’t know what to tell you about this game, the Penguins cancelled their morning skate so I have no clue if anyone who missed yesterday’s game will be back in the lineup or not. As far as we’ve heard Fleury’s wife still hasn’t popped the baby out so this could be yet another start for Tomas Vokoun, or maybe HCDB will feel a little insane and decide to play Eric Hartzell because why not. One thing I am sure about is that Steve MacIntyre won’t play again tonight, the reasoning from yesterday makes sense, even if you don’t like fighting, but today would be ludicrous to repeat.

Have no motivation to care about this game, let’s get to the playoffs. Go Pens.


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