Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Sabres

5:00p ET, First Niagara Center

Buffalo, NY

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Sabres Blogs: Die By The Blade

The Los Angeles Kings had themselves a spooky-ass Halloween. Why? Because the Red Wings scored four goals in the first period. Can the red shirts do it again? Well, if you could predict it to happen against any team, it would be these Sabres. It's obvious, they're not the best team.. But they DID pull off a win against San Jose already this season. It's an early start, so I'm somewhat expecting to see a vintage Detroit Red Wings 5pm puck-drop first period. You know, where it just looks like they're still in a coma from eating all them hella good buffalo wings from Duff's?

Not worried. The Mule is back, and is hungry for goals (and buffalo wings.) Nesty is out, Lashoff is in (ugh), and I might start to miss Kyle Quincey soon.

The Expected Lineups


Pavel Datsyuk Henrik Zetterberg Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist Darren Helm Johan Franzen
Tomas Tatar Riley Sheahan Tomas Jurco
Joakim Andersson Luke Glendening Drew Miller


Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson
Danny DeKeyser Brendan Smith
Jakub Kindl Brian Lashoff


Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jonas Gustavsson

Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Andrej Nestrasil

Injuries: Stephen Weiss (do i even need to elaborate at this point), Kyle Quincey (ankle)


Matt Moulson Tyler Ennis Drew Stafford
Marcus Foligno Cody Hodgson Chris Stewart
Torrey Mitchell Zemgus Girgensons Brian Gionta
Nicolas Deslauriers Cody McCormick Brian Flynn


Josh Gorges Tyler Myers
Andre Benoit Rasmus Ristolainen
Mike Weber Tyson Strachan


Jhonas Enroth (starting)
Michal Neuvirth

Bullets of Knowledge

  • The Red Wings are 54-53-13 (W-L-OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Buffalo Sabres.
  • Pavel Datsyuk has 16 points in 16 games all-time against the Sabres.
  • Jimmy Howard's Career Stat-Line at First Niagara: 2-0-0 with a 1.63 GAA and .943 SV%/
Let's Go Red Wings.