BUF
2-8-1
PIT
6-2-1
Nov 1, 2014
7:00 PM ET
SN1, ROOT, MSG-B
Saturday, November 1, 2014
7:00 PM ET
SN1, ROOT, MSG-B

High-scoring Penguins host struggling Sabres

Corey Masisak  - NHL.com Staff Writer | Friday, 10.31.2014 / 8:47 PM

SABRES (2-8-1) at PENGUINS (6-2-1)

TV: SN1, MSG-B, ROOT

Season series: The Pittsburgh Penguins won all three games against the Buffalo Sabres last season by a combined score of 12-2. Pittsburgh has won 11 of its past 15 games against Buffalo, dating back to Feb. 1, 2010.

Sabres team scope: Buffalo led the Boston Bruins twice Thursday and did force overtime, but the Sabres were heavily outshot again. It has been the dominant theme of their season to date. Buffalo is last in the NHL in shots per game at 21.2 and shots allowed at 36.7. The Sabres have been outshot in every game but one (a shootout victory against the winless Carolina Hurricanes). Buffalo returned 2014 first-round pick Sam Reinhart to his junior team Friday after he had no goals and one assist in nine games. Among the issues has been a lack of production from a quartet of veteran forwards. Cody Hodgson, Chris Stewart and top additions Matt Moulson and Brian Gionta have combined for one goal and six points in 11 games.

Penguins team scope: Pittsburgh leads the League in offense at four goals per game. Eight Penguins have six or more points; forward Drew Stafford leads the Sabres with six. The Penguins have scored at least three goals in every game but one, and they led deep into the third period in two of their three losses. A catalyst for the scoring binge has been their efficiency on the power play. At 15-for-38 with the extra man, Pittsburgh's 39.5 percent success rate is 13 percentage points better than that of the second-ranked Arizona Coyotes. The 15 goals are four more than any other team has scored on the power play. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a .926 save percentage in eight starts and has earned a shutout in two of his past three starts.

Buffalo 2014-2015 Point Leaders
Drew Stafford
6Points
Drew
Stafford
Right Wing
Tyler Ennis
5Points
Tyler
Ennis
Center
Buffalo 2014-2015 Goal Leaders
Tyler Ennis
4Goals
Tyler
Ennis
Center
Zemgus Girgensons
2Goals
Zemgus
Girgensons
Center
Pittsburgh 2014-2015 Point Leaders
Sidney Crosby
15Points
Sidney
Crosby
Center
Patric Hornqvist
12Points
Patric
Hornqvist
Right Wing
Pittsburgh 2014-2015 Goal Leaders
Sidney Crosby
7Goals
Sidney
Crosby
Center
Patric Hornqvist
5Goals
Patric
Hornqvist
Right Wing
2014-2015 Atlantic Division Standings
TEAMGPWLOTP
MONTREAL1182117
TAMPA BAY1173115
DETROIT1062214
OTTAWA952212
BOSTON1266012
TORONTO1054111
FLORIDA83239
BUFFALO112815
2014-2015 Metropolitan Division Standings
TEAMGPWLOTP
PITTSBURGH962113
NY ISLANDERS1064012
NEW JERSEY1053212
NY RANGERS954010
WASHINGTON943210
PHILADELPHIA1044210
COLUMBUS104608
CAROLINA80622
  • BUFFALO
  • PITTSBURGH
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
4J. GorgesD00-33621:57
6M. WeberD00-651116:34
8C. McCormickC01-481811:04
12B. GiontaR01-618216:01
17T. MitchellC11-27614:00
19C. HodgsonC11-712215:15
21D. StaffordR15-8182316:41
24T. StrachanD01-10014:49
26M. MoulsonL02-622017:07
28Z. GirgensonsC21-219217:24
41A. MeszarosD01-1081018:20
44N. DeslauriersL10-28118:58
51N. ZadorovD000106:12
55R. RistolainenD00-77416:31
57T. MyersD01-2202524:53
61A. BenoitD00-811821:24
63T. EnnisC41-618217:47
65B. FlynnC00-13011:42
80C. StewartR01-4281116:14
82M. FolignoL21-514415:24
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1J. Enroth237259.915425:27
34M. Neuvirth131144.910239:20
#skatersPosGA+/-SPIMTOI
3O. MaattaD15-112220:09
4R. ScuderiD0021016:21
7P. MartinD11512221:31
9P. DupuisR44224216:01
10C. EhrhoffD03612021:12
13N. SpalingC1105413:47
14C. KunitzL55520618:06
16B. SutterC22-220018:09
17B. ComeauL24214613:48
23S. DownieR13-1122512:44
27C. AdamsR100549:34
38Z. SillC001257:28
47S. DespresD044122213:04
57M. GocC10010212:03
58K. LetangD15-423624:22
71E. MalkinC48-2211218:11
72P. HornqvistR57443218:05
87S. CrosbyC78332619:24
#GoaliesSvSASv%TOI
1T. Greiss2731.87164:11
29M. Fleury212229.926478:52