The Buffalo Sabres limp toward the Olympic break secure in their grasp of last place in the NHL and the presumptive first pick in this summer's NHL Draft.
Buffalo seemingly iced its unenviable spot Monday in losing a home game to the Edmonton Oilers, the only NHL club within striking distance of falling beneath Buffalo. The Sabres would seem unlikely to make any claim otherwise Wednesday night when the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins shuffle into Buffalo in a nationally televised game (7:30 p.m., NBC Sports Network).
The Sabres built a slight bit of momentum to wrap December but have won only four of 16 games in the new year. The Sabres' 4-7-5 mark in 2014 includes a 3-0 loss to Pittsburgh and has removed much hope of climbing out of 30th place.
The Sabres may have Tyler Myers back in the lineup. He left Monday's game with a lower body injury that was initially thought to be serious.
"It's a lot better than we thought," coach Ted Nolan said. "It's more of a day-to-day situation."
The Penguins come into the game riding a 7-3-0 streak. They're coming off an overtime win Monday over Ottawa – which the Sabres will play Thursday – and hold a commanding lead in the Metropolitan Division.
Pittsburgh has allowed one goal against the Sabres in two games this season. A win would let them sweep the season series.
Miller is set to start Wednesday and will likely also start Thursday. Those are the last two games for Buffalo before the Olympic break.
Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, Ted Nolan, Tyler Myers
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