PENGUINS (13-10-3) at SABRES (6-15-4)
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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will be a game-time decision to return to the lineup against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center for the first game of a home-and-home set.
Malkin skated again Friday morning after going through a full practice Thursday. Coach Mike Sullivan said a decision will come closer to game time but said Malkin "looks pretty strong right now." Malkin has missed the past four games because of an upper-body injury.
Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian will make his season debut. He sustained a lower-body injury during a preseason game against the New York Islanders on Sept. 29.
Players to watch
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) in 19 career games against the Sabres in Buffalo.
Sabres left wing Evander Kane has 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his past 15 games against the Penguins.
They said it
"They're going to focus on the process, they're going to try to stop the puck, they're going to try to come to the rink every day and do everything within their power to improve and get better, and when the games come and they're called upon to play in the games, our expectation is they make the timely save for us to give us an opportunity to win games." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on going with rookie goalies Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith while starter Matt Murray is injured
"I think with [Bogosian], he's such an energetic person and player and having him just come in the lineup, it's just going to add an extra spark. We've had a lot of injuries on the back end to start the season so it's been difficult, but the band's kind of getting back together like we started with and me and [Bogosian] had a lot of chemistry in preseason." -- Sabres defenseman Nathan Beaulieu on the return of defenseman Zach Bogosian
Penguins projected lineup
Conor Sheary -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist
Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin -- Riley Sheahan -- Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Carter Rowney -- Ryan Reaves
Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Olli Maatta -- Matt Hunwick
Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz
Scratched: Greg McKegg, Chad Ruhwedel, Josh Archibald
Injured: Matt Murray (lower body)
Sabres projected lineup
Evander Kane -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jordan Nolan -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot -- Kyle Criscuolo -- Jason Pominville
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Matt Moulson
Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Nathan Beaulieu -- Zach Bogosian
Jake McCabe -- Victor Antipin
Scratched: Josh Gorges, Justin Falk
Injured: Jacob Josefson (ankle), Taylor Fedun (lower body)
Crosby and Kessel did not take part in the morning skate but are expected to play. … The Sabres sent defenseman Matt Tennyson to Rochester of the American Hockey League Friday after he cleared waivers.
The Penguins are 12-0-1 against the Sabres, dating to Oct. 5, 2013. … The Sabres have been shut out in back-to-back games and have not scored a goal in the past 120:51. Girgensons will play his 300th NHL game.