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Sabres/Penguins preview - 12/8

Sabres at Penguins, 7:30 PM ET, Mellon Arena

Season records: 

Sabres, 12-11-3, 27 pts, 9th in Eastern Conference
Penguins, 15-7-4, 34 pts., 5th in Eastern Conference

Season series:  3rd meeting

Last game vs. Sabres:  Sabres def. Penguins, 4-3, Nov. 28th.

Last game results:  Senators def. Penguins, 3-2, Dec. 6thSabres def. Lightning, 4-3, Dec. 6th.

Special teams rankings: 

Powerplay:  Penguins 18.1% (16th), Sabres 18.0% (17th)
Penalty Kill:  Penguins 83.6% (T-8th), Sabres 88.1% (3rd)

Probably goaltender rankings:

SV%:  Penguins - Dany Sabourin .928 (T-4th), Sabres - Ryan Miller .909 (24th)
GAA:  Penguins - Dany Sabourin 1.96 (3rd), Sabres - Ryan Miller 2.53 (T-20th)

Notes:
- Penguins man games lost:  26 -Sergei Gonchar, 26 -Ryan Whitney, 9 - Marc-Andre Fleury, 4 - Matt Cooke, 4 - Philippe Boucher, 3 - Petr Sykora, 3 - Hal Gill, 2 - Tyler Kennedy, 2 - Pascal Dupuis, 2 - Max Talbot, 2 - Mike Zigomanis, 1 - Ruslan Fedotenko
- Alex Goligoski leads all NHL rookie defensemen with 11 points (4G-7A), including five power-play points (3G-2A).
- The Penguins will play their next 14 games against Eastern Conference opponents.  They do not play a Western Conference team until January 8 against the Nashville Predators.
- Buffalo comes into tonight’s game having killed off 24 straight opposition power plays over the past six games.
- A sellout tonight at the Igloo will be the 79th consecutive.

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Originally at Blogspot, then at MVN, TheConfluence has over 1500 articles reporting Penguins news as well as jumping on my soapbox to opine constructive Penguins criticism.

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