Morning Skate: Red Wings at Sabres Preview
7:00p ET, First Niagara Center
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Sabres Blog: Die By The Blade
If you lose this game, you don't deserve to make the playoffs.
The Expected Lineup
|Johan Franzen||Pavel Datsyuk||Justin Abdelkader|
|Tomas Tatar||Riley Sheahan||Gustav Nyquist|
|Darren Helm||David Legwand||Daniel Alfredsson|
|Drew Miller||Luke Glendening||Tomas Jurco|
|Niklas Kronwall||Brendan Smith|
|Kyle Quincey||Danny DeKeyser|
|Brian Lashoff||Jakub Kindl|
|Jimmy Howard (starting)|
Scratches: Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson
Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (who cares)
|SABRES||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|21-48-9 (51 pts; 30th in NHL)||Record||37-27-14 (88 pts; 1st in WC Race)|
|1.83 (30th in NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.64 (17th in NHL)|
|2.95 (25th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.74 (19th)|
|14.6% (28th)||Power Play %||18.2% (13th)|
|81.2% (20th)||Penalty Kill %||83.4% (9th)|
|Tyler Ennis (21 goals)||Goal Leader||Gustav Nyquist (28 goals)|
|Tyler Ennis (42 points)||Points Leader||2 tied with 48 points|
Player to Fear: Guess you have to got with Ennis here.
X-Factor: Whomever starts between the pipes.
Familiar Faces: Ville Leino.
Thumbs up (One Thing to Like About Buffalo): Wings.
Thumbs down (One Thing to Dislike About Buffalo): Their 3rd jerseys.
Bullets of Knowledge
- Last 10 games: Buffalo 2-7-1. Detroit 6-3-1./
- Howard is 5-0-0 with a 1.28 GAA, .950 SV% with 1 shutout in 6 career apperances against Buffalo./
Prediction: Sharpen the swords.
Let's Go Red Wings.