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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 9:00pm ET

Place: Scotiabank Saddledome

TV: FSD, SNF

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Flames Blog: Matchsticks & Gasoline

On Monday, the Wings defeated the Canucks. On Tuesday, the Canucks defeated the Flames. Therefore, by an unsound application of the transitive property, tonight the Wings will defeat the Flames. Great, see you all at puck drop!

No? Ok, let’s dive in then.

Where there’s smoke, there’s sometimes even more smoke

The Flames are on a roll having beaten the Caps, Pens, and Devils and despite losing to the Canucks they still played well against them.

The Wings are also coming in hot (see what I did there) having won our last two games in commanding fashion. Good offense, great goaltending from both Jimmy and Mrazek, and adequate defense.

We’re 8-7-1 and they’re 8-7-0, we’ve both given up 43 goals, and we both give homes to veteran players in need. However, we have a much better penalty kill and a slight edge in offensive output and no I don’t mean from fans on Twitter.

You get a goal! And you get a goal! And you get a goal!

One thing the Wings have is scoring across all the lines, even when players are thrown into the Blashill Bingo Wheel of Doom™. Everybody is getting in the mix with Mantha scoring 7 goals and Frk, Nyquist, and Nielsen each with 5 goals. Dylan Larkin has only scored twice this season, but he is tied with Mike Green for top spot on the Wings with 12 assists. The fake news lamestream media will tell you Larkin also leads the team in PIM with 18 but we all know he would never.

However, Mike Smith is no pushover in net and having fought alongside Jagr in the War of 1812 hasn’t slowed him down one bit. He’s been carrying the load for the Flames and doing a fantastic job, so we’ll need to keep our lines rolling and take advantage of their poor PK as often as possible.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

Red Wings Projected Lines (Per yesterday’s practice)

Anthony Mantha - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist
Tomas Tatar - Dylan Larkin - Justin Abdelkader
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Martin Frk - Andreas Athanasiou - David Booth

Jonathan Ericsson - Trevor Daley
Xavier Ouellet - Mike Green
Niklas Kronwall - Nick Jensen

Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Flames Projected Lineup

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Micheal Ferland
Matthew Tkachuk - Mikael Backlund - Michael Frolik
Sam Bennett - Mark Jankowski - Jaromir Jagr
Kris Versteeg - Curtis Lazar - Troy Brouwer

Mark Giordano - Dougie Hamilton
TJ Brodie - Michael Stone
Brett Kulak - Matt Bartkowski

Mike Smith
Eddie Lack

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Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

First off, if you don't have an SBN Username, make one! We'd love to have you, plus it's much easier to track your predictions season-long. Then make your guess on the winning team, final score, and who the Red Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. Only one submission per person, please. The Red Wings POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 3 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct, you'll receive 15 points.

Good luck!