Morning Skate: Red Wings vs. Sabres — Game Preview and How to Watch

How to Watch

Time: 7:30 PM EST

Place: Little Caesars Arena


Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket, 1270 AM

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Game Preview

It’s been an ugly finish to the month of October for the Red Wings (3-7-0) after dropping their sixth straight contest on Wednesday night to the lowly Senators. The 5-2 loss marked the fifth time in their last six contests that the Wings have surrendered at least five goals.

Now, the Wings will try to right the ship against a red hot Sabres (8-2-1) team that sits atop the Atlantic Division. We’ve seen the Sabres start strong in the past — last year they were 6-4-0 through 10 games — before sputtering the rest of the way. However, new head coach Ralph Krueger seems to have the team clicking on all cylinders, especially their captain Jack Eichel with a new found confidence. Eichel currently has 14 points through 10 games and has taken this team on his back the last two weeks.

The Wings have played some poor hockey as of late and to add insult to injury, their roster is dropping like flies. Luke Glendening was the latest victim after leaving during the second period against the Sens with an upper body injury and did not return. Danny DeKeyser suffered a lower body injury in Tuesday’s loss to the Canucks and as a result Madison Bowey took his spot on Wednesday. Keep an eye out for the gameday updates about both player’s statuses for tonight’s game.

Evgeny Svechnikov has made a brief impact since being called up from Grand Rapids on Tuesday, even showing some grit to his game. With Glendening’s status in question for tonight, it might open up an opportunity for Svechnikov to make his way into the top six. Jeff Blashill went back to the line blender during the third period on Wednesday night and if the 22-year-old is going to get the chance to make an immediate offensive impact, then he’ll need to be averaging more than 9:52 of ice time per game.

Head-to-head, these two teams are certainly familiar with each other as the Wings lead all-time with a 65-58-13-5 record.