NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 26th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (21-45-7-4) at Buffalo Sabres (34-32-6-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to spark fading playoff hopes
tonight when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to HSBC Arena for the opener
of a home-and-home.
With 78 points, the Sabres trail the NY Islanders by eight for the final
postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Buffalo has six games remaining,
while New York will play five more times.
On Wednesday, Adam Mair's second-period goal was the difference as the Sabres
skated past the Montreal Canadiens, 2-1, at HSBC Arena.
J.P. Dumont also tallied for the Sabres, who managed their third win in four
games. The Sabres are chasing after their first playoff berth since Dominik
Hasek was traded to Detroit in 2001.
The Sabres' Martin Biron stopped 24-of-25 shots for the win, while Mathieu
Garon allowed two goals on 33 shots at the other end.
Buffalo, which had lost three straight on home ice, will visit the Penguins on
Pittsburgh, long absent from the playoff race, has won its last three games
and is 8-1-1 in the last 10. On Tuesday, Lasse Pirjeta scored two goals and
added an assist, while Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 35 shots to lead the
Penguins over the New York Rangers, 5-2, at Madison Square Garden.
Milan Kraft, Rico Fata and Konstantin Koltsov each added goals for the
Penguins, who swept a home-and-home set from the Blueshirts.
The Penguins have been playing very well of late, but still have just 53
points and are currently in last place in the Eastern Conference -- two points
behind the 14th-place Washington Capitals.
Pittsburgh is 2-0 against Buffalo this season, and 7-0-2 in the last nine
meetings. The Pens are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to HSBC Arena.
03/26 10:31:23 ET