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Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres: Projected Lineups, How to Watch

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

7:30p ET, KeyBank Center

Buffalo, NY

TV: NBCSN

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket // 1270 AM CBS Sports Radio

Sabres Blog: Die By The Blade

Things have not been happy in Red Wings land the last week or so. The team has lost four straight games with a listless performance in their last loss on Sunday to Vancouver leading to a team meeting and hour long video session on Monday. It is not all doom and gloom for the winged wheel though. Dan DeKeyser is expected to return sometime on this current road trip which should help the beleaguered blue line a little. No word yet on when Andreas Athanasiou will join back up with the team and while I would not expect it on this road trip my guess is soon. Finally their opponent tonight, the Buffalo Sabres, are struggling to keep pucks out of their own net and as such find themselves near the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings.

That is not to say Buffalo does not have talent, because they certainly do. Their top line of Evander Kane, Jack Eichel and Jason Pominville is off to a red hot start as all three players have 11 points coming into the game. Couple that with a very good defensive center in Ryan O’Reilly and a blue led led by young stallwart Rasmus Ristolainen and the Red Wings will have to increase their effort level ten fold over what we saw against Vancouver in order walk out of Buffalo with two points tonight.

Predicted Lineups

Detroit Red Wings
LW C RW
Anthony Mantha Henrik Zetterberg Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar Dylan Larkin Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm Frans Nielsen Martin Frk
Scott Wilson Luke Glendening Luke Witkowski
LD RD
Niklas Kronwall Mike Green
Jonathan Ericcson Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet Nick Jensen
G
Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: David Booth

Injuries:, Tyler Bertuzzi, Danny DeKeyser, Johan Franzen (LTIR)

Buffalo Sabres
LW C RW
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Justin Bailey Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Benoit Pouliot Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Matt Moulson Johan Larsson Jordan Nolan
LD RD
Rasmus Ristolainen Marco Scandella
Matt Tennyson Nathan Beaulieu
Jake McCabe Victor Antipin
G
Chad Johnson
Robin Lehner

Scratches/Injuries: Zach Bogosian, Josh Gorges, Zemgus Girgensons, Jacob Josefson

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