Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

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Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:26 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins (39-15-2) at Buffalo Sabres (15-32-8)
February 5th, 2014 - 7:30 PM EST

Season Series
This is the third and final game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. The Penguins won the first two by a combined 7-1 score, with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopping 44 of 45 shots.

Big Story
Sabres goalie Ryan Miller will again represent the United States when the Sochi Olympics begin in a matter of days. Fleury couldn't crack the Canadian roster, but he leads the NHL with 30 wins and has the Penguins positioned as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Who's Hot
Penguins forwards Jussi Jokinen (one goal, four assists) Evgeni Malkin (two goals, two assists) and Neal (one goal, two assists) all have three-game point streaks. … Sabres forward Steve Ott has two goals in the past three games.

Projected Lineups:
Penguins didn't do line rushes in morning skate this morning. Kunitz & Niskanan were held out of practice. Martin & Jokinen took their places on the top power play in practice.

Marc-Andre Fleury will start in net. (confirmed: https://twitter.com/penguins/statuses/4 ... 0338286593)

Penguins
With Taylor Pyatt injured on his opening shift in a 2-1 overtime win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday and Andrew Ebbett reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, assistant coach Tony Granato supplemented Pittsburgh's forward depth by skating on the fourth line at practice Tuesday.

Fleury became the fastest Penguins goalie ever to 30 wins in a season and had his teammates raving about a save he made in the third period on Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Penguins went on to win when James Neal scored 1:55 into the extra period.

"That's the best one I've ever seen him make," Neal said of Fleury's glove stop on a blistering one-timer by Karlsson. "He's been doing that all year. He's an unbelievable goalie. He showed that. His consistency has been great all year. He just keeps getting better."


Sabres
Since a run of four wins in six games from Dec. 17-29, Buffalo has won just four of 16 games. Interim coach Ted Nolan has shuffled players in and out of the lineup; forward Ville Leino, a healthy scratch for the 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, saw some time on the second line at practice Tuesday.

With only six games remaining prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 -- two before the Olympic break, four after -- the scuttlebutt surrounding Miller's future continues. The 33-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has the sixth-best save percentage (.925) despite facing the fourth-highest volume of shots (1,339).

"We haven't talked about anything with regard to contracts," Miller said Tuesday of his dealings with Sabres management. "We haven't talked about anything with regard to trades".


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LETS GO PENS!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby penny lane on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:19 pm

Let's Go Pens!

C Kunitz with flu-like symptoms, like everybody in Pgh. I predict the 3 assists for him!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby Gaucho on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:22 pm

LET'S GO PENS!!!
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby PghSkins on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:32 pm

John Forslund could probably find more flattering frames.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby meow on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:33 pm

PghSkins wrote:John Forslund could probably find more flattering frames.

John Foreskin?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby GDR on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:36 pm

The entire league is rivals with the Penguins [/NBCSN]
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby Crankshaft on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:38 pm

Penguins Line Ups
Kunitz-Crosby-Gibbons
Jokinen-Malkin-Neal
Glass-Sutter-Megna
Zolnierczyk-Adams-Engelland

Orpik-Martin
Maatta-Niskanen
Scuderi-Bortuzzo
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby sniper on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:40 pm

Anyone else find it odd that Nolan is coaching Latvia at the Olympics when he's not from that country? They don't have anyone in their country who can coach a hockey team?
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby Gaucho on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:40 pm

In honor of Harry Z:

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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby sniper on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:44 pm

NBC spelled Maatta's name wrong in the lineup. Nice.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby penny lane on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:45 pm

love Karlsson's disbelief reaction from monday on flower's save. ;)
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby GDR on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:47 pm

Harry Z draws a ton of penalties
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby DelPen on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:48 pm

I'd be pissed if that was us getting that penalty
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby columbia on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:48 pm

Weak call.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby penny lane on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:48 pm

sniper wrote:Anyone else find it odd that Nolan is coaching Latvia at the Olympics when he's not from that country? They don't have anyone in their country who can coach a hockey team?


One year, Herb Brooks was the head coach for France in 1998. truth. ;)
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby sharpshootr55 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:51 pm

Yikes Niskanen, that shot was 10 feet wide.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby GDR on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:51 pm

Hopefully Martin is out with the first power play unit after the break. Niskanen's shot and entries aren't nearly consistent enough.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby legame on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:51 pm

Donnie Nelson has been an assistant coach for the Lithuanian basketball team for years.

*Edit: Regarding Nolan and Latvia.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby Rocco on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:52 pm

That kinda sucked.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby DelPen on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:53 pm

Pure laziness by all 6 Penguins on the ice
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby BurghThing on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:53 pm

Gonna be a goalie battle tonight, so far Miller has the edge, barely.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby pens2005 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:53 pm

Just gonna say it...Fleury looks out of it already.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby BurghThing on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:54 pm

DelPen wrote:Pure laziness by all 6 Penguins on the ice


Adams and Scuderi on the ice, again.
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby jwest21 on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:54 pm

Four guys standing around and no one covering Stafford doesn't help
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Re: Official GDT: Pens at Sabres 2/5/14

Postby GDR on Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:54 pm

Fleury handling the puck like a grenade started all that
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