The Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby (87), have the best record in the Eastern Conference despite an NHL-worst 220 man-games lost to injury. (Associated Press)
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Pittsburgh Penguins

Despite an NHL-worst 220 man-games lost to injury, Sidney Crosby’s club leads the Eastern Conference and has won eight of its last 10.

David Poile, Nashville

The Predators’ general manager holds the same title with the U.S. Olympic team. He has tough choices to make with the team being unveiled Wednesday.

NHL Network

The station is broadcasting games live from the world juniors, which should draw more viewers than its usual fare of 2-year-old replays of the Hurricanes and Coyotes.

The Sabres’ Week Ahead

Today - Washington Capitals: The best pure goal-scorer in the NHL comes to Buffalo. Alexander Ovechkin is on pace to find the net nearly 70 times in this defense-first league.

Tuesday - At Winnipeg: The forecast calls for a low of minus-24. That’s in American/Fahrenheit, not Celsius. Happy New Year! Don’t forget your toque, Mike Harrington.

Thursday - At Minnesota: The best thing about the Wild’s arena is the little touches, like the stones around doorways that make it feel like you’re in a lodge at the lake.

Saturday - New Jersey Devils: Hopefully, the visitors get to Buffalo early so Steve Bernier can look around town. He didn’t play for the Sabres long enough to do it.

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