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Game 46

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

8p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Buffalo Blog: Die By The Blade

What the hell do I write here?

Seriously.

I sure as hell hope the Red Wings can get up for the Sabres tonight more so than I can get up for writing this Morning Skate. I'm not kidding. The Sabres have lost 10 games-in-a-row! TEN! They've lost 14 of their last 15 games! Their only win came in a shootout against the Islanders. They haven't won a game in 2015. Hell, they haven't earned a point in 2015. So yeah…they're not good. Buffalo is in full tank for Connor McDavid mode right now.

Of course, the Wings are flying high. They've just finished off their 3rd straight win after returning home from decent road trip. Petr Mrazek is a boss. JJ, Graham and Michelle got to watch a kick ass game last night against the Predators. Hopefully they get to watch another one tonight as WIIM continues to takeover the Joe.

It's been a hell yeah week. So naturally this is a trap game, right? Or not? Maybe? Probably? I don't know. The Sabres are just that bad right now… and I'm not sure they really want to win? I have no idea. At this point I'm just writing to fill space. We get to watch Tyler Myers tonight. Do we still want to trade for him? Does Helene still think Tomas Tatar is trade bait? Laugh out loud. I hope Jakub Kindl's "wrist" never heals. I like having XO around. Xavier Ouellet and Brendan Smith are forming a nice 3rd pair for this team. I hope the Wings keep winning (they should) and take a bite out of the Sabres.

The Expected Lineups

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Stephen Weiss Darren Helm Teemu Pulkkinen
Drew Miller Luke Glendening Joakim Andersson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Xavier Ouellet Brendan Smith

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek (starting)
Thomas McCollum


Scratches: Brian LashoffDaniel Cleary

Injuries: Johan Franzen (headaches), Tomas Jurco (back), Jakub Kindl (still not his wrist), Jimmy Howard (groin) & Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)

Forwards

Brian Flynn Zemgus Girgensons Chris Stewart
Matt Moulson Torrey Mitchell Tyler Ennis
Cody Hodgson Phil Varone Drew Stafford
Nicolas Deslauriers Matt Ellis Patrick Kaleta


Defensemen

Tyler Myers Josh Gorges
Nikita Zadorov Rasmus Ristolainen
Mike Weber Tyler Strachen


Goaltenders

Jhonas Enroth (starting)
Michal Nuevirth


SABRES THE MATCH-UP RED WINGS
14-29-3 (31 pts; Last in NHL) Record 25-11-9 (59 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)
1.72 (Last in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.82 (12th in NHL)
3.48 (Last) Goals Against Per Game 2.31 (3rd)
9.4% (Last) Power Play % 24.6% (3rd)
74.4% (29th) Penalty Kill % 85.7% (5th)
Zemgus Girgensons (13 goals) Goal Leader Tomas Tatar (20 goals)
Tyler Ennis (25 points) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (37 points)

  • The Red Wings are 56-52-13-2 (W-L-T-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Last 10 Games: Buffalo 0-10-0 (!!!!), Detroit 7-3-0

  • Petr Mrazek is 2-0-0 against the Sabres in his career with a fuck yeah GAA and a badass SV%. The kid is a baller.





Let's Go Red Wings.