The Pens held a brief 35-minute practice session on Saturday afternoon at UPMC Lemieux Complex in Cranberry.
"It's not like we had an opportunity to do a lot out there, but we got something accomplished," head coach Mike Sullivan said. "We worked a couple of aspects of our game. We had an opportunity to work on the power play and get some of the new guys into the fold. From that regard it was a productive day for us."
Defenseman Kris Letang, who missed practice, has missed the past 4 games with an upper-body injury. He had been listed as day-to-day, though Sullivan updated that status.
"It's more complicated," Sullivan said. "I wouldn't say he's day-to-day at this point, but we're hopeful that it's nothing long-term."
Defenseman Brian Dumoulin, who left in the 3rd period against of Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory against Tampa Bay on Friday night , did practice with the team.
Forward Conor Sheary returned to the lineup against Tampa after missing the previous 13 games with an upper-body injury. As expected, he had some rust in his showing.
"I had to find my instincts again and my chemistry with my linemates," Sheary said. "When you're out of the game for that long you lose that a bit. I think my first few shifts had a lot of energy, moving my feet, get a bump in and go from there."
The Pens' 2nd line of Carl Hagelin, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist has been together for the past 3 games. The trio connected for a goal in Dallas, but haven't been able to find the back of the net since despite generating some quality scoring chances.
"We've been creating a lot of chances, but haven't scored," Hornqvist said. "Our Chicago game was probably our best, but we didn't score. You just try to build on the small things around the net and support each other in the corners. Talking a lot helps too."
The Pens' 2 newest defensemen - Mark Streit and Ron Hainsey - were paired together against the Lightning.
Although they may be new to the Pens, they do have some familiarity with each other. Both were drafted by the Montreal Canadiens organization and overlapped during the 2005-06 season.
"We were both way younger," Streit joked. "It made the transition for me way easier when you come to a new place and know one guy a little bit. But all the guys have been great. I feel very comfortable."
The Pens will host the Buffalo Sabres Sunday evening at PPG Paints Arena. The last time these 2 teams went head-to-head, Buffalo picked up a 2-1 shootout win.
"They have a good, young team," Hornqvist said. "They're right on the bubble for a Wild Card spot. So they're going to be desperate. We have to match their urgency out there."
Sabres star forward Jack Eichel missed the game the last time these 2 teams met. But he'll be back this time around to face the Pens.
"They're a very good team," Sullivan said. "Eichel is having a great year. He's a guy that's a different maker. We have to pay attention and know when he's on the ice."
The 7 defensemen rotated