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Sabres vs. Red Wings preview: Make hockey great again

I’ll even settle for good.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Game #45

Buffalo Sabres (17-18-9) vs. Detroit Red Wings (20-19-6)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY

TV: MSG, FS-D | Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation’s Red Wings Blog: Winging it in Motown

Two Questions

1. How will the Sabres play in the second period?

Buffalo has scored the first goal in five straight games, but has lost three of those games thanks to a terrible second period effort. The problem with the Sabres is that when they’re off, they’re really off, doing things like allowing three goals in ten minutes against Toronto. Consistency has been the word of the year, now let’s actually see some.

2. Can the Sabres break a two-decade old streak tonight?

Check out this nugget courtesy of the Sabres Digital Pressbox: If the Sabres beat the Red Wings tonight it will be the first time they’ve won two in a row against Detroit since 1995, and the first time they’ve won two in the same season versus the Wings since 1990. I know Detroit’s been good for a long time, but wow.

Projected Buffalo Lines

63 Tyler Ennis - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo
82 Marcus Foligno - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart
Evander Kane - 28 Zemgus Girgensons - 12 Brian Gionta
48 William Carrier - 19 Cal O’Reilly - 26 Matt Moulson

29 Jake McCabe - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen
47 Zach Bogosian - 6 Cody Franson
41 Justin Falk - 38 Taylor Fedun

Goal: 31 Anders Nilsson