Pittsburgh Penguins (32-21-5, 69 pts) at Buffalo Sabres (28-22-8, 64 pts)
Buffalo is sitting on the outside looking in at the playoff picture right now by virtue of having one less win than Boston.
The Pens are down in the 5th spot right now. That's the one slot they really need to avoid, because it gets them a matchup against the best non-division winner without home ice advantage.
The question most nights for the Sabres is: which team will show up? Will it be the team that lost 12 out of 13 games (1-7-5) from December 26th through January 21st? Will it be the team that turned that losing streak around and had a 10 game point streak stopped yesterday in MSG (8-0-2)?
The only thing that has been consistent for the Sabres is their penalty kill - they're leading the Eastern Conference on the PK at 85%. The Pens need to get some goals at even strength today. They need to out work the Sabres, who might be tired after losing in New York yesterday.
The Pens won both of their meetings with the Sabres this season, so let's hope they can get the Sabres on the path of another long losing streak.
The game has a weird start time - 6:00. Time to order some pizza and watch the Pens!
Let's Go Pens!