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Scouting the Sabres

PENGUINS VS. SABRES

7:30 p.m. today

Mellon Arena

(FSN/WXDX-FM 105.9 and the Penguins Radio Network)

Season series: Fourth meeting.

The Penguins lead, 2-1-0, including a 5-4 home win Feb. 1 that was highlighted by center Sidney Crosby's hat trick.

Streak: Pens lost 1

Who to watch:

Center Jordan Staal, who was not invited to play for Team Canada at the Olympics, has recorded a minus rating in just one of the past 10 games.

Noteworthy:

Buffalo backup goalie Patrick Lalime will start in place of Team USA Olympic star Ryan Miller. ... Penguins winger Ruslan Fedotenko (lower-body injury) is expected to play after practicing Monday for the first time since last Thursday.

Trends

Lalime has stopped 50 of 51 shots in two appearances against the Penguins this season. ... The Sabres entered the Olympic break on a 3-7-3 stretch. ... Sabres winger Thomas Vanek is on pace for 25 goals after averaging 40 the last three seasons.

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