Pens Pre-Game #19: Penguins vs. Sabres- Bottom Of The Barrel

Monday, November 19, 2018


Back home again after yet another tough loss in Ottawa, the Penguins face the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena tonight. The Pens losing streak has moved to 8 of their last 9 games and 3 losses in a row. 

Pittsburgh Penguins (7-8-3) vs. Buffalo Sabres (12-6-2) at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA at 7PM (EST)

The Penguins are still at the bottom of the barrel, last place in the Eastern Conference. And now they welcome the Buffalo Sabres to town an especially relevant opponent given their histories. The Sabres are on a 5 game win streak and 4th in the East. They're team trending upward and one that was born out of pieces from the Pens organization. It's a "master and apprentice" match-up with the apprentice Sabres coming in hot and the formerly masterful Penguins at their lowest point in years.

On to the details...


-Goalie Match-Up-

Casey DeSmith: 27-years-old, 6’0”/181lb, 1 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted

(Records- 2018-19: 3W-3L-2OTL in 11GP; Last Season: 6W-4L-1OTL in 14GP; Career: 9W-7L-3OTL in 25GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.25, Last Season: 2.40; Career: 2.34)
Carter Hutton: 32-years-old, 6'0"/198lb, 6 year NHL Veteran, Undrafted

(Records- 2018-19: 8W-6L-1OTL in 15GP; Last Season: 17W-7L-3OTL in 32GP; Career: 71W-45L-18OTL in 153GP | Goals Against Average- 2018-19: 2.51; Last Season: 2.09; Career: 2.43)
-Team Face-Off-
Current Standings:
Penguins: 17 Points, Metropolitan Division- 8th, Eastern Conference- 16th 
Sabres: 26 Points, Atlantic Division- 3rd, Eastern Conference- 4th
Current Streaks:
Penguins: 3 Losses
Sabres: 5 Wins  
Goals For & Against:
Penguins: Goals For- 60; Goals Against- 61 
Sabres:  Goals For- 60; Goals Against- 56 
Home vs. Away Records:
Penguins Home Record: 3-5-1
Sabres Away Record: 6-4-1
Team Physical Averages:
Penguins: Average Size- 6'1"/199lbs, Average Age- 28.04  
Sabres: Average Size- 6'1"/200lbs, Average Age- 26.04 
Team Alumni:
Penguins Alumni for BUF: Matt Hunwick (Inj.), Conor Sheary, Scott Wilson (Inj.), Dev. Coach Krys Barch, GM Jason Botterill, Ast. GM Randy Sexton 

Sabres Alumni for PIT: Chad Ruhwedel, 
Local Players:
BUF Locals for Penguins: None
PIT Locals for Sabres: None

-Team Leaders-
-Goals- #1-Kessel (9), #2-Crosby/Hornqvist (8), #3-Malkin (7)

-Assists- #1-Malkin (18), #2-Kessel (14), #3-Crosby (11)

-Points- #1-Malkin (25), #2-Kessel (23), #3- Crosby (19)

-Shots- #1-Hornqvist (59), #2-Letang (56), #3-Kessel (54)

-Goals- #1-Skinner (14), #2-Pominville (9), #3-Sheary (6)
-Assists- #1-Eichel (18), #2-Reinhart (11), #3-Pominville/Dahlin (8)
-Points- #1-Eichel (22), #2-Skinner (21), #3-Pominville (17)
-Shots- #1-Eichel (80), #2-Skinner (66), #3-Pominville/Okposo (47)

-Penguins vs. Sabres History-
Cup Count: Pens- 5, Sabres- 0
Season Series vs. Sabres: 0-0, First game 
Last Season Series vs. Sabres: 3W-0L (With 14 Goals For, 5 Goals Against)  
All-Time Record vs. Sabres: 88W-62L-35T- 3OTL in 188GP
All-Time Record of Sabres at PPG Paints Arena: 3W-9L-2OTL in 14GP




[Based on last game lines, practice lines, announced line-up changes]


Pearson | Malkin | Kessel
Guentzel | Brassard | Hornqvist
Aston-Reese | Sheahan | Rust
Simon | Grant | Sprong

Johnson | Letang
Dumoulin | Ruhwedel
Maatta | Oleksiak

S: DeSmith | B: Murray

(Scratches: Juuso Riikola | Injured: Sidney Crosby, Matt Cullen, Justin Schultz.)


-Tonight will be Conor Sheary's first game back in Pittsburgh since being traded to Buffalo.

-The Pens announced today that Matt Cullen is injured and will be out for the long-term. He scored vs. Ottawa, despite it being the game where he apparently sustained an injury.

-Meanwhile, after Saturday's loss, the Pens own the worst record in the Eastern Conference this late into a season for the 1st time since the 2005-06 season.

-Patric Hornqvist now has goals in 3 of the last 4 goals after Saturday vs. the Sens.

-Phil Kessel is on a 4-game point streak.

-Evgeni Malkin is on a 3-game point streak.

-Conversely Malkin also has a 6-game penalty streak going for him. His all-time career high in that category in 8-games. 

-Zach Aston-Reese's on Saturday was the Pens very first even strength goal since October 25th that took place without Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin on ice.


*Congrats to Mike Sullivan who coached his 400th NHL game on Saturday vs. Ottawa.

*More congrats tonight on Penguins reaching milestones: Kris Letang plays his 700th NHL game and Bryan Rust plays his 200th NHL game.

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