SABRES (27-25-8) at PENGUINS (37-16-6)
1 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try for their 13th win in 18 games when they host the Buffalo Sabres at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.
Pittsburgh is 12-4-1 in its past 17 games, and 20-6-2 in its past 28. The Penguins are tied with the Washington Capitals, who host Pittsburgh at Capital One Arena on Sunday, for first place in the Metropolitan Division.
Forward Dominik Kahun will be a game-time decision for the Penguins after a shot from Toronto Maple Leafs forward Denis Malgin hit his left leg in a 4-0 loss on Thursday. He did not practice Friday.
The Sabres have won three of their past four games and are 5-3-1 in their past nine after going 3-5-0 in their previous eight. The teams haven't played since Buffalo won 3-1 in Pittsburgh on Oct. 3 in the season opener for each.
Players to watch
Sabres center Jack Eichel has two goals and seven assists during a six-game point streak.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby has 23 points (seven goals, 16 assists) in 14 games since returning from core muscle surgery. He needs two assists for 800 in the NHL.
They said it
"The margin for error, I agree, it's very, very small. What we need to do is just take care of details." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger
"We need to be stingier. … I don't think we've controlled territory as much as we're capable of over the last few weeks." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Curtis Lazar -- Michael Frolik
Jimmy Vesey -- Marcus Johansson -- Conor Sheary
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller
Brandon Montour -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabe -- Henri Jokiharju
Scratched : John Gilmour, Scott Wilson, Evan Rodrigues
Injured: Linus Ullmark (lower body), Tage Thompson (shoulder), Vladimir Sobotka (knee)
Penguins projected lineup
Jason Zucker -- Sidney Crosby -- Dominik Simon
Anthony Angello -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust
Jared McCann -- Andrew Agozzino -- Patric Hornqvist
Brandon Tanev -- Teddy Blueger -- Sam Lafferty
Jack Johnson -- Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson -- Justin Schultz
Juuso Riikola -- Chad Ruhwedel
Scratched : Zach Trotman
Injured : Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Jake Guentzel (shoulder surgery), John Marino (facial surgery), Zach Aston-Reese (lower body), Dominik Kahun (undisclosed)
Frolik is expected to play after missing the past two games with an illness. … The Sabres placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers Friday with the intention of terminating his contract. … Angello replaced Kahun at second-line left wing during practice Friday.
Dahlin has one goal and five assists during a five-game point streak. … Olofsson has three goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. … Jarry is 13-3-1 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in his past 17 starts.