Sabres get a second chance in Pittsburgh

December 2, 2017

Pittsburgh, PA (WGR 550) - The Sabres came out on Friday mentally unprepared and handed the Penguins a 4-0 win. You can’t give the puck away twice in the middle of the ice early in the first period and not expect the two-time defending Stanley Cup Champions to take advantage.

On the Penguins other two goals, players were just standing around watching the goals be scored. There is no passion on this team and they only play when the other team has decided the game is over.

Buffalo put very little quality pressure on rookie goalie Tristan Jarry and with no traffic around him, he recorded his first NHL shutout in just his seventh career game.

The Sabres have been shutout in three consecutive games. That’s something that had never happened in the history of the team.

The home-and-home series continues in Pittsburgh tonight. In the last 14 games against the Sabres, the Pens are 13-0-1. Buffalo is 1-11-2.

It’s a victory for this team if it can hold Sidney Crosby to a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin to one assist.

In 36 games against the Sabres, Crosby has 55 points. In 35 games, Malkin has 44 points.

Phil Housley usually goes with both goalies in back-to-back games and Robin Lehner played Friday. We don’t know if that will happen because neither team held a morning skate.

If Chad Johnson does play, he’s 1-4-2 with a 3.59 goals against and .885 save percentage. In his last start, Johnson gave up three goals in 20 minutes of work. He’s gotten four starts in the last 13 games. In the other three, he gave up two goals in each game.

It’ll be interesting to see who will be pulled out of the lineup for Hudson Fasching. No injuries were reported last night.

By the time the game ended last night, Matt Moulson was on the left wing with Ryan O’Reilly and Kyle Okposo. Jordan Nolan had started the game there and was the only player that showed any spark at all in the first 20 minutes.

We know that nobody has scored in the last three games, but it’s a team wide problem.


Ryan O’Reilly - No goals in seven games and one goal in nine. No points in five games

Benoit Pouliot - No points in eight games. One goal in 11.

Jason Pominville - No goals and two assists in 14 games. One goal in 17 games.

Zemgus Girgensons - No points in 18 games.

Matt Moulson - No points in 14 games

Sam Reinhart - No points in four games

Johan Larsson - No goals and two assists in 20 games

Kyle Okposo - One goal in 10 games

Jordan Nolan - Goals in one of 24 games

Jack Eichel - No points in three games. Three goals in 17 games.

Evander Kane - No goals in five games

And no goals at all out of any of the defensemen. Let’s just say Jason Botterill has his work cut out for him.


Join Brian Koziol for the pregame at 7:00 when he’ll be joined by Phil Housley and hopefully Zach Bogosian and Hudson Fasching.