Morning Skate: Red Wings at Sabres Preview

Game 79

7:00p ET, First Niagara Center

Buffalo, NY

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)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Todd Bertuzzi & Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Jonathan Ericsson (finger), Daniel Cleary (knee), Stephen Weiss (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back) & Mikael Samuelsson (who cares)

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

Opponent Outlook

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.