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Red Wings vs Sabres: GDU, Lineups, Keys to the Game

Buffalo Sabres v Detroit Red Wings Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images

Game Day Updates

Tweet of the day for sure, give this one a watch

And from the Griffins...

Looks like same lineup as last game.

So, it looks like one of the goalies isn’t ready to go. Not sure which one as of press time.

Lineups

Detroit

Forwards
Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Robby Fabbri
Adam Erne - Valtteri Filppula - Filip Zadina
Darren Helm - Frans Nielsen - Luke Glendening
Justin Abdelkader - Christoffer Ehn - Givani Smith
Scratches: Brendan Perlini

Defense
Patrik Nemeth - Mike Green
Madison Bowey - Filip Hronek
Brian Lashoff - Alex Biega

Goalies
Jonathan Bernier
Jimmy Howard

Buffalo

Forwards
Jimmy Vesey - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary - Marcus Johansson - Michael Frolik
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Asplund - Curtis Lazar - Evan Rodrigues

Defense
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin - Brandon Montour
Lawrence Pilut - Henri Jokiharju

Goalies
Linus Ullmark
Carter Hutton

Keys to the Game

1. Keep the Pace High

The Sabres are coming off of a game yesterday against Vancouver, providing the Red Wings an extra day of rest. Detroit needs to use to their advantage by keeping the tempo of the game and hopefully forcing Buffalo to burn out late in periods and the end of the game. It’s not often the Red Wings look to employ this strategy as they usually don’t have the talent to go toe to toe with most teams. Keep an eye for it today to see if there’s more action than usual.

2. Larkin Needs to Continue His Hot Streak

Larkin is riding a five game point streak and has put up seven points (3G, 4A) in his past seven games. This is the the production the team needs from him to be competitive, especially with Mantha and Athanasiou out of the lineup. Larkin continues to build his resume as a two-way player. But unfortunately without much support behind his line he’ll have to do it all to give the Red Wings a chance in most games. Look for Larkin to carry his team in this one.

3. Win It For the Kids

It’s a big promotional day at Little Caesar’s Arena for tonight’s game. It’s Kids Day at the LCA. The event features lots of activities for kids and the event is geared towards sparking the next generation of Wing Nuts. So the least the team could do is create a lasting memory for their young impressionable minds but giving them a big entertaining win.