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Crosby, Eichel aim to end droughts as Pens host Sabres

From FOX Sports - November 13, 2017

PITTSBURGHThe Penguins and Buffalo Sabres each are looking for a drought-busting game from a star player when the teams meet Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Pittsburghs Sidney Crosby has scored five times and has 13 points, but he has gone 11 games without a goal. Buffalos Jack Eichel has 14 points, but he has failed to score a goal in each of the past eight games.

You just try to keep going, Crosby said after Pittsburgh (9-7-3) practiced Monday. No matter who youre playing, try to keep doing the right things and trust theyll go in.

Eichel is trying to relax a little.

Youre going to go through ups and downs, Eichel said before the Sabres (5-9-3) traveled to Pittsburgh. Maybe fighting the puck, doing a little too much thinking. Just (need to) get back to playingmoving my feet, doing the things that make me successful. Just try to get engaged mentally and physically early. Thats all Im going to try to do (Tuesday).

Buffalo coach Phil Housley agreed with that approach and expects his team to benefit in a larger dynamic if Eichel can end his slump.

Youve just got to remind him to play a team game. Keep it simple, Housley said. As a team weve got to shoot the puck more, and in Jacks case I think he would agree with me. Hes got to deliver pucks. Its going to change (the opposing) defense. Its going to create offenses for us.

The Sabres practiced Monday without defenseman Marco Scandella. Housley said Scandella was ill but most likely will play Tuesday.

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