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

Time: 7:00pm ET

Place: First Niagara Center

TV: FSD, MSGB

Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

Sabres blog: Die By the Blade

It’s a race to the bottom as the tanking Wings take on the cellar-dwelling Sabres. A loss will be a big win for the losing team in this Atlantic Division match-up as we all fight for that first overall Dahlin pick.

The Red Wings (feat. Mighty Joe Hicketts) soundly defeated the Penguins on Tuesday. Shockingly they didn’t even make things that dramatic in the 3rd. Our goal scorers were not the kids, and it would be really nice if even one of them would get going for the few games we have left. However, there is also a strong chance we will completely collapse tonight because we played well last game.

The Buffalo Jack Eichel Disappointed Frowns have definitely perfected The Art of Losing™. They don’t know what’s wrong, they don’t know how to fix it, and they don’t know the secret to making the perfect waffle. But they do know that we are also Not Good, so it’s anybody’s game.

As far as solving our own problems, you’ve probably seen that the Wings are reportedly planning to keep both Holland and Blashill. You know what they say, if at first you don’t succeed, and if at second you don’t succeed, and even if at tenth you don’t succeed...I don’t know where I was going with this.

One positive for the Sabres is that tonight is the debut for shiny new Sabres forward, Casey Mittelstadt. They also only have two more home games this season (tonight and then one against the impressively implosive Sens), and since you can’t ask for a more favorable schedule than that, they may try extra hard to be good at hockey for the home fans.

P.S. Keep an eye out Elite Sabres Legend Taro Tsujimoto.

Let’s Go Red Wings!

Detroit Red Wings

Tyler Bertuzzi — Henrik Zetterberg — Gustav Nyquist
Darren Helm — Dylan Larkin — Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanasiou — Frans Nielsen — Justin Abdelkader
Martin Frk — Luke Glendening — Evgeny Svechnikov

Jonathan Ericsson — Trevor Daley
Danny DeKeyser — Joe Hicketts
Niklas Kronwall — Nick Jensen

Jimmy Howard
Jared Coreau

Buffalo Sabres

Zemgus Girgensons - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville
Evan Rodrigues - Casey Middlestadt - Sam Reinhart
Scott Wilson - Ryan O’Reilly - Kyle Okposo
Jordan Nolan - Johan Larsson - Nick Baptiste

Brendan Guhle - Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson
Nathan Beaulieu - Justin Falk

Linus Ullmark
Robin Lehner

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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!