SABRES (5-9-3) at PENGUINS (9-7-3)
7 p.m. ET; SN1, ATTSN-PT, MSG-B, NHL.TV
Center Sidney Crosby hopes to avoid matching the longest goal drought of his NHL career when the Pittsburgh Penguins face the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
Crosby has three assists in 11 games since scoring four goals in three games from Oct. 14-20. He has gone 12 straight games without a goal once before; he had 17 assists from Nov. 23, 2011, to March 24, 2012, a season when he missed 60 games because of concussion-like symptoms.
The Sabres, 2-4-1 in their past seven games, will look to deny Crosby, who has 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) in 34 games against them since entering the NHL in 2005.
Players to watch
Like Crosby, Sabres forward Jack Eichel has gone through a goal drought following a strong start to the season. He has three assists in his past eight games after scoring 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his first nine.
Penguins forward Phil Kessel has scored one goal in each of his past three games after failing to score in his previous five. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a four-game point streak.
They said it
"When I look at the Pittsburgh Penguins, they're a fast team. They compete very hard and they battle. … We're going to have to be ready for that battle tonight." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley
"[The Sabres are] very dangerous. They have a lot of skill. A lot of skill up front, in particular." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
Sabres projected lineup
Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Benoit Pouliot -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo
Matt Moulson -- Johan Larsson -- Jason Pominville
Jordan Nolan -- Zemgus Girgensons -- Nicholas Baptiste
Marco Scandella -- Justin Falk
Jake McCabe -- Taylor Fedun
Josh Gorges -- Nathan Beaulieu
Scratched: Matt Tennyson, Seth Griffith, Viktor Antipin
Injured: Evan Rodrigues (hand), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Jacob Josefson (lower body), Rasmus Ristolainen (upper body)
Penguins projected lineup
Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust
Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel
Conor Sheary -- Riley Sheahan -- Patric Hornqvist
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Olli Maatta -- Chad Ruhwedel
Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz
Scratched: Josh Archibald, Frank Corrado
Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)
Scandella will play for the Sabres after missing practice Monday with an undisclosed illness. … Hunwick will miss his 14th consecutive game. He returned to practice Nov. 6 and participated in Pittsburgh's morning skate the following day, but was held off the ice Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
The Sabres (minus-20) and Penguins (minus-18) have the two worst goal differentials in the Eastern Conference. ... Pittsburgh is 11-0-1 in its past 12 games against Buffalo.