PITTSBURGH - No team is immune to the occasional lull in their season, even the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Such is the position that the Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves in as the Sabres visit PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday night.
The Penguins have one win in their last five games, and their average of 2.63 goals per game ranks 25th in the NHL. It's an uncharacteristic start for a team that perennially ranks near the top of the league, so much so that the Sabres aren't willing to put much stock into it.
"Everybody goes through it, right? Even the top team in the league," Sabres coach Phil Housley said. "They've played a lot of hockey the last three years. Sometimes that can catch up and as far as their schedule goes early, they had a lot of back-to-backs, a lot of games in a short period of time."