BUFFALO – The Pittsburgh Penguins limped into town this morning in the midst of one of their worst stretches in recent memory.
In Tuesday’s 6-5 home loss to the Boston Bruins, they blew three-goal second-period lead before falling in overtime. At least the Penguins earned a point, ending their four-game regulation losing streak.
They lost every game of their western road trip late last month, scoring just six goals.
Sabres coach Don Granato said he expects an “angry” Penguins team tonight at KeyBank Center.
“Great coaching staff, great history, reputation, and there is never an easy game when you play them,” he said this morning. “Their reputation precedes themselves in a very powerful way.”
The Penguins, of course, have often throttled the Sabres during superstar Sidney Crosby’s tenure. In their last 10 games against them, they’re 7-1-2 and outscored them a whopping 35-18.
Sabres goalie Eric Comrie will start tonight, his second straight nod and seventh this season. He has played one game against the Penguins in his career, stopping all four shots he faced in a relief appearance.
The rest of tonight’s lineup is below.
– Jeff Skinner, Tage Thompson and Kyle Okposo
– JJ Peterka, Dylan Cozens and Alex Tuch
– Jack Quinn, Casey Mittelstadt and Victor Olofsson
– Zemgus Girgensons, Peyton Krebs and Rasmus Asplund
– Jacob Bryson and Rasmus Dahlin
– Kale Clague and Owen Power
– Lawrence Pilut and Casey Fitzgerald
Winger Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Jeremy Davies will likely be scratched tonight.