2019-20 NHL – Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? Friday 4th October, 2019 – 00:00 (UK)

Where is Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins taking place? PPG Paints Arena

What television channel is Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins on? Check back here closer to the match for TV info

Where can I stream Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins? Check back here closer to the match for live streaming info

Where can I get tickets for Buffalo Sabres @ Pittsburgh Penguins? https://www.nhl.com/tickets

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Buffalo Sabres 0 – 5 Pittsburgh Penguins

THE TEAM NEWS

BUFFALO SABRES

  • The Sabres ended the 2018-19 NHL season on a positive note thanks to a two-game winning run but they still finished well outside the playoffs. Only three sides had a lower point tally in the Eastern Conference than Buffalo’s 76.

  • Jack Eichel led the Sabres in points last season with 82, although he was more of a playmaker (54 assists) than a scoring threat. The franchise’s top scorer was Jeff Skinner, who scored a career-high 40 goals in 2018-19, while Sam Reinhart had a strong season with 65 points (22 goals, 43 assists).
  • The Sabres had one huge priority in preseason and achieved that in re-signing Jeff Skinner, giving him an eight-year contract. They bolstered their depth during the free agent market too, adding names such as defensemen Colin Miller and Henri Jokiharju, as well as forwards Jimmy Vessey and Marcus Johansson.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

  • The Penguins reached the 100-point mark once again and this was good for a sixth-placed finish in the Eastern Conference. However, they couldn’t advance past the first round in the postseason following a four-game sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders.

  • The Penguins have three players on the current roster who topped the 70-point mark during the regular season in 2018-19, highlighted by star center Sidney Crosby who finished with 100 points (35 goals, 65 assists). Jake Guentzel was the franchise’s top scorer with 40 goals, while Evgeni Malkin had 21 goals and 51 assists and defenseman Kris Letang had 40 assists.
  • The Penguins re-signed some of their biggest names on the market such as Joseph Blandisi, Teddy Blueger and Adam Johnson but they lost Chris Wideman to the Anaheim Ducks and Matt Cullen to retirement. Arguably, their biggest move was signing Brandon Tanev to a six-year, $21 million deal after spending last season with the Winnipeg Jets.

THE PREDICTION

The Sabres added a lot of depth during the free agency period, but they still don’t look like a playoff team. Meanwhile, the Penguins could very well be one of the scariest teams in the league when it comes to the attacking side of things. Therefore, Pittsburgh shouldn’t have problems in winning this season opener by a decent margin.

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