Morning Skate: Red Wings at Sabres Preview

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Spor

Game 79

7:00p ET, First Niagara Center

Buffalo, NY

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Sabres Blog: Die By The Blade

If you lose this game, you don't deserve to make the playoffs.

The Expected Lineup

Forwards

Johan Franzen Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Gustav Nyquist
Darren Helm David Legwand Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey Danny DeKeyser
Brian Lashoff Jakub Kindl

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson


Scratches: Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (who cares)

SABRES THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
21-48-9 (51 pts; 30th in NHL) Record 37-27-14 (88 pts; 1st in WC Race)
1.83 (30th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.64 (17th in NHL)
2.95 (25th) Goals Against Per Game 2.74 (19th)
14.6% (28th) Power Play % 18.2% (13th)
81.2% (20th) Penalty Kill % 83.4% (9th)
Tyler Ennis (21 goals) Goal Leader Gustav Nyquist (28 goals)
Tyler Ennis (42 points) Points Leader 2 tied with 48 points

Opponent Outlook

Player to Fear: Guess you have to got with Ennis here.

X-Factor: Whomever starts between the pipes.

Familiar Faces: Ville Leino.

Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Buffalo): Wings.

Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Buffalo): Their 3rd jerseys.

Bullets of Knowledge


  • Last 10 games: Buffalo 2-7-1. Detroit 6-3-1.

  • Howard is 5-0-0 with a 1.28 GAA, .950 SV% with 1 shutout in 6 career apperances against Buffalo.

Prediction: Sharpen the swords.

Let's Go Red Wings.
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Join Winging It In Motown

You must be a member of Winging It In Motown to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Winging It In Motown. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker