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.