The Pen’s need to turn things around against Buffalo tonight to stop the bleeding a bit, literally and figuratively. They will probably have to do it without the help of Paul Martin.
Martin suffered a lower leg injury last night in the third period, which turns out to be just another hit to this already depleted Penguin’s Roster. At this point, he is not scheduled to play tonight, but we should see Michalek tonight unlike last night. Staal was also a late scratch yesterday, but they are hoping he will be able to participate tonight.
The Penguin’s are currently 3rd in the Atlantic Division, but are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The have only 1 win in the last 5 games in that stretch. The defense continues to be a problem, and that is mainly because of injuries, and the goal tending is also trending downward. Fleury will be between the pipes tonight, and they need his best effort to stop the losing, and give this team a little confidence. There are times with any team, during the course of a season that the Goalie has to be the one that stands up and says, no more. You will not score on us tonight if I have anything to do with it. And that night needs to be tonight.
As for the Sabre’s, they come into tonight’s game not playing all that well either, but they have a couple of guys playing net that can really make it hard on apposing teams. Miller and Enroth are both playing well, with goals against averages each below 2.9 a game. Miller has been a stand out now for a while, but Enroth is also playing well, and actually has the better goals against between the 2 of them. They have similar records and have played in nearly an equal amount of games. And with Vanek and Pominville on the ice, this team is a threat to score at any time.
As of right now, no lines have been announce, but as the information becomes available, I will post it.