Sabres at Red Wings preview: Point streaks on the line

The Sabres head to Detroit to face the red hot Red Wings.

Game #31

Buffalo Sabres (12-15-3) at
Detroit Red Wings (16-8-6)

Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | Joe Louis Arena | Detroit, MI
TV: MSG, Bell, FS-D | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Red Wings Blog: Winging It In Motown

Three Questions

1. Can the Sabres take advantage of a suddenly weak Red Wings PK?

Since losing Drew Miller to a broken jaw, the Detroit penalty kill is a dreadful 66% over their past four games. The Sabres power play is tied for second best in the NHL (well whattaya know) at 23.7%, so this should be a match up the Sabres can exploit tonight.

2. Will the Sabres be able to get the first goal?

When scoring first, the Red Wings have a dominant 15-2-4 record (as opposed the Sabres 7-5) and when leading after one, the Wings are 7-0-1. We all know that the first period has been Buffalo's worst, so if the Sabres can strike first, it will go a long way toward breaking Detroit's 13-game point streak.

2. Can ROR keep his point streak alive?

Buffalo's #1 center has a seven game point streak going, amassing 10 points during that stretch, and he's now 21st in the NHL with 27 points in 30 games.

Projected BUF lines

McGinn - R. O'Reilly - Reinhart
Moulson - Eichel - Kane
Gionta - Larsson - Girgensons
Foligno - Legwand - Deslauriers

Gorges - Ristolainen
McCabe - Bogosian
Weber - Franson

Goal: Linus Ullmark

Projected DET lines

Larkin - Zetterberg - Abdelkader
Nyquist - Sheahan - Tatar
Helm - Datsyuk - Richards
Andersson - Glendening - Jurko

Kronwall - Green
DeKeyser - Ericsson
Smith - Marchenko

Goal: Petr Mrazek