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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

(Penguins' "Score Against Hunger" slated for Saturday.)

The Pittsburgh Penguins return to action at 8 p.m. Friday in Buffalo.

FSN Pittsburgh will televise the contest at 8 p.m., while 105.9 The X will start its radio broadcast with a pregame show at 7:30 p.m. The broadcast may be found live through streaming audio on as well. Tune in for Penguins Hotline following every game on 105.9 The X and the Penguins Radio Network. Join in the conversation with host Bob Grove by calling the Penn Telecom toll-free line at 1-866-922-2874.

This contest pits the Penguins (8-6-2) against the team with the most points (31) in the NHL in the high-flying Sabres (15-2-1).

“It’s a game of speed, passion and skill,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “This is one of the reasons why, with the new rules, Buffalo is probably one of the teams in the league that benefits the most from the new NHL.”

The Sabres got an unpleasant surprise Wednesday night when slumping Ottawa posted a 4-2 win in Buffalo. It snapped a four-game Sabres winning streak and was just the second regulation loss for the team this season.

“Ottawa is a good hockey team. There are a lot of people early in the season who said they were a contender to win the Stanley Cup,” Therrien said. “Things over there are not going so well this year, but they are a great hockey team.”

The Penguins snapped their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 triumph over Philadelphia on Monday. They hope to carry that momentum into Friday’s game.

“For us, it’s a team concept. We have to play our system and stay out of the [penalty] box. We have to concentrate on playing the whole game,” Therrien said. “It’s about us and we’re going to focus on what we have to try to do to get better. I think we were going in the right direction last game and we’re going to try to build on that.”

Jocelyn Thibault will get his second start of the season in goal against Buffalo. Marc-Andre Fleury is slated to be in net Saturday at 7:30 p.m., when the Penguins return home to battle the New York Rangers at Mellon Arena.


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