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

Game Day Updates



Tyler Bertuzzi - Dylan Larkin - Lucas Raymond
Robby Fabbri - Pius Suter - Givani Smith
Vladislav Namestnikov - Michael Rasmussen - Adam Erne
Sam Gagner - Carter Rowney - Filip Zadina

Jordan Oesterle - Moritz Seider
Nick Leddy - Filip Hronek
Marc Staal/Daniel Renouf - Gustav Lindstrom

Thomas Greiss
Alex Nedeljkovic


Jeff Skinner - Tage Thompson - Victor Olofsson
Anders Bjork - Zemgus Girgensons - Rasmus Asplund
Brett Murray - Dylan Cozens - Kyle Okposo
Vinnie Hinostroza - Cody Eakin - John Hayden

Rasmus Dahlin - Mark Pysyk
Jacob Bryson - Henri Jokiharju
Robert Hagg - Colin Miller
Aaron Dell
Dustin Tokarski

Keys to the Game

1. Keep the Pace High

Buffalo just played last night and they’ve had a very difficult November. Detroit is well rested this week and looking to put a recent four game losing skid in the distance. They have the ability to push a high octane game against a Buffalo team that likely isn’t up to the task. It’ll be important for Detroit not to fall into a sleepy dump and chase game with a lot of whistles that Buffalo will likely be looking for to keep this close.

2.  Givani Smith Being Given a Chance

With Smith apparently being slotted onto the second line to bring a new net front element to that line, he has a chance to prove he can do more than bang bodies and eat up some minutes on the fourth line. If he can help create some greasy goals in the crease area, it’ll provide an element the Wings don’t quite have.

3. Beat the Teams You Are Supposed To

Detroit has had a lot of trouble this season grabbing wins against opponents who are seemingly inferior. Plenty of losses against the likes of Montreal, Arizona, and others is head scratching for a team trying to separate themselves from the bottom of the barrel this year. Buffalo is also one of those teams after a smoke and mirrors start to their season. Detroit needs to prove they can take care of business against the Sabres.