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NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Detroit Red Wings Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 7:30pm ET

Place: Little Caesar’s Arena

TV: FSD, MSGB

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Sabres blog: Die By The Blade

Red Wings are back at home for the next two games before we hit the road, and we start tonight with the Sabres.

The Sabres are bad, really bad. Significantly worse than the Red Wings even. Here’s how tragic the Sabres are - on their own website, the advertisement for their app features a phone displaying an article with this headline, “Larkin nets 15th in Wings’ win over Sabres”.

They don’t even feature an article where they won the game.

However, we won’t win without a fight. We never do.

We had a dismal first period against the Preds, and while we played much better the second and third it wasn’t enough. However, we got to see a beauty of an AA goal and Tatar got his 16th tying him with Nyquist’s season total.

Our lead goal scorer Mantha got a mini benching from Blash - he probably had to sit in the corner until the timer dinged and think about what he did. But he came back firing shots from every angle like a madman, he just couldn’t get one in the net. He sure did try hard though, and I have to think he’ll get one in the next game or two.

While Holland is focused on trading, and we can only hope he’s serious about a rebuild finally, Blashill is focused on the process and compete level and whatever players he has not being a galactic embarrassment every time we take the ice. That’s the new Red Wings way. Bottom line, Zetterberg isn’t about to let anyone loaf their way through the rest of the season. So, whether you’re on the tank or on the happy bus, fasten your seatbelt and prepare your hottest takes, we have work to do.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

The Wings had an optional practice yesterday and we haven’t heard anything about Mike Green’s status, but there’s a good chance they’re not risking him this close to the trade deadline.

Red Wings Projected Lines

(Based on last game)

Mantha - Zetterberg - Nyquist
Tatar - Larkin - Athanasiou
Helm - Nielsen - Abdelkader
Bertuzzi - Glendening - Frk

Ericsson - Daley
Kronwall - Witkowski
DeKeyser - Jensen

Howard
Coreau

Sabres Projected Lines

Kane - O’Reilly - Reinhart
Pouliot - Rodrigues - Okposo
Wilson - Larsson - Pominville
Girgensons - Josefson - Baptiste

Beaulieu - Ristolainen
Scandella - Nelson
Falk - Antipin

Lehner
Johnson

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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!