Season Series: 0-0
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. | Little Caesars Arena | Detroit, MI
Radio: WGR 550
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Detroit Red Wings
Record: (10-10-2) | 22 points
Last 10: 4-6-1
Division Ranking: 6th in the Atlantic Division
Conference Ranking: 12th in the Eastern Conference
What to Watch
1. Nine in a row?
After Friday night’s thrilling overtime win for the Sabres that saw Jeff Skinner notch a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Buffalo goes for their ninth consecutive win tonight. It’s their first meeting of the season against the Red Wings, who fell to the Capitals last night by a score of 3-1.
2. Skinner on a roll
Jeff Skinner’s two goals last night give him 17 on the season now, which ties him with Boston’s David Pastrnak for the league lead. Overall, Skinner is on a three-game point streak, with three goals and an assist in that stretch. Since the Sabres’ winning streak began on November 8, Skinner has nine points.
3. Penalty-killing powers
Both teams in tonight’s game are finding success on the penalty kill this season. The Sabres have killed 20 of 22 penalties against in the last ten games. Meanwhile, as previously stated, the Red Wings are fifth in the league in penalty kill - so perhaps don’t expect much action on the power play tonight.
4. Score first, score early
The Sabres’ winning streak has largely been filled with Buffalo comebacks, but when the Sabres do score first this season, good things happen - they’re 10-0-2 in that situation. After Friday night’s overtime win, the Sabres were just one of four teams in the NHL to earn at least a point in every game in which they opened the scoring.
Buffalo Sabres Projected Lineup
Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary - Casey Mittelstadt- Kyle Okposo
Tage Thompson - Vladimir Sobotka - Sam Reinhart
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Evan Rodrigues
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian
Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson
Starting Goaltender: Linus Ullmark
Detroit Red Wings Projected Lineup
Anthony Mantha- Dylan Larkin - Justin Abdelkaer
Andreas Athanasiou - Frans Nielsen - Gustav Nyquist
Michael Rasmussen- Luke Glendening- Tyler Bertuzzi
Thomas Vanek - Jacob de la Rose - Christoffer Ehn
Trevor Daley - Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser - Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall - Dennis Cholowski
Starting Goalie: Jonathan Bernier (projected)