Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins look to build upon a solid season-opening win when they host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. The captain scored in the Penguins' 3-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday, a victory highlighted by goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's franchise-record 24th career shutout. The Sabres, meanwhile, will look to jump-start an offense that has scored just one goal in two games.
After struggling for the second postseason in a row, Fleury flashed the form that helped capture the Stanley Cup in 2009. He stopped 27 shots against New Jersey - including a highlight-reel save in the third period - to earn his 250th career victory. His counterpart, Buffalo's Ryan Miller, has allowed three goals in two games while stopping 77 shots.
TIME: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (Buffalo), ROOT (Pittsburgh)
ABOUT THE SABRES (0-2-0): Buffalo will be skating on tired legs after suffering a tough 1-0 loss at home to Ottawa on Friday in which the Senators scored with 1:35 remaining in the game. That comes on the heels of a season-opening 2-1 loss at Detroit as the Sabres have only broken through once on 55 shots. Rookie Zemgus Girgensons, one of three teenagers who play for Buffalo, has the team's lone goal.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS (1-0-0): Pittsburgh, the NHL's highest-scoring team the past two seasons, took just 21 shots in the opener. Along with Crosby, newcomer Chuck Kobasew and Craig Adams added goals behind a solid effort on the back end. "I loved the way our team played defense," coach Dan Bylsma said.
1. Adams' goal was just his 50th in 800 career games.
2. The Sabres, who were 29th in the NHL on the power play last season, are 0-for-11 with a man advantage to start the season.
3. Penguins LW James Neal left the opener in the first period and is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Sabres 1