Sabres begin back-to-back in Pittsburgh

Buffalo and Pittsburgh meet for the second time this season

Pat Malacaro
February 22, 2020 - 11:53 am
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Photo: Marc DesRosiers - USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Sabres have had three days to forget about their 7-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. They hit the ice on Saturday at PPG Paints Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo each had the day off on Thursday for a maintenance day, but were back on the ice on Friday before leaving for Pittsburgh. The pair, along with Michael Frolik (illness), will be on the ice for warmups. Buffalo will have all 13 forwards on the ice in the pregame skate, meaning Evan Rodrigues will also dress for warmups. We will not know until line rushes who is in and who is the odd man out. 

Carter Hutton will start in goal for Buffalo. He was in net for the lopsided loss in Ottawa earlier in the week, and looks to rebound against a Penguins team that was drubbed 4-0 by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. 

The home team is going with Tristan Jarry in between the pipes on Saturday afternoon. He had the night off two nights ago and has 20 wins this season. Jarry boasts a .931 save percentage this year.

Pittsburgh has the most home wins of any team this season, winning 22 of their 31 games at PPG Paints Arena. They have gone 22-5-4, with one of the five regulation losses coming to the Sabres this season.

Buffalo won the lone meeting this year between the two teams. The blue and gold scored a 3-1 win in the first game of the season with ex-Penguins forward Conor Sheary scoring twice, including the game-winning goal.

Following Saturday afternoon's game, the Sabres will return home to welcome the Winnipeg Jets for a 3 o'clock faceoff at KeyBank Center.

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