GAME DAY: Wings finish off home-and-home set with Sabres (1:00 p.m. ET, BSDET)

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Mike Gould
2 years ago
Back on Saturday, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Buffalo Sabres by a 4–0 score at Little Caesars Arena.
Here we are, two days later, and the Red Wings and Sabres are already gearing up for a rematch — this time, on Buffalo’s home turf. With Monday being a federal holiday in America (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), Detroit and Buffalo will face off at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The Red Wings completely carried the play in Saturday’s win, outshooting the Sabres 39–22 and winning the 5v5 expected goals battle 2.05 to 1.04 (according to Natural Stat Trick). @Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 22 shots he faced for his first shutout as a Red Wing.
@Tyler Bertuzzi racked up three points. @Lucas Raymond scored his first goal since Dec. 1. @Filip Hronek recorded the 100th point of his NHL career. Saturday’s win had a little bit of everything.
Buffalo will get a boost on Monday: @Peyton Krebs appears set to return to the lineup after a lengthy absence due to COVID-19.
Krebs, 20, was the centrepiece coming from Vegas in the @Jack Eichel deal. Since the trade, he has 14 points in 16 AHL games and a lone assist in three NHL contests with the Sabres.

The Red Wings

Detroit is getting close to being able to ice a fully healthy lineup again:
@Vladislav Namestnikov – @Dylan Larkin – @Lucas Raymond
@Robby Fabbri – @Pius Suter – @Tyler Bertuzzi
@Filip Zadina – @Michael Rasmussen – @Adam Erne
@Givani Smith – @Joe Veleno – @Sam Gagner
Danny DeKeyser – @Moritz Seider
@Marc Staal – @Filip Hronek
@Nick Leddy – @Gustav Lindstrom
Projected starter: @Alex Nedeljkovic (11–10–4, .916 SV%).

The Sabres

Here’s how the Sabres practiced on Sunday:
@Jeff Skinner – @Tage Thompson – @Alex Tuch
@Vinnie Hinostroza – @Peyton Krebs – @Kyle Okposo
@Rasmus Asplund – @Dylan Cozens – @Victor Olofsson
@Anders Bjork – @Cody Eakin – @John Hayden
@Rasmus Dahlin – @Henri Jokiharju
@Robert Hagg – @Colin Miller
@Will Butcher – @Mark Pysyk
Projected starter: @Aaron Dell (1–6–0, .889 SV%)

Scoring leaders

Detroit: @Dylan Larkin (16 goals, 34 points); @Lucas Raymond (11 goals, 32 points); @Tyler Bertuzzi (18 goals, 31 points); @Moritz Seider (three goals, 24 points); @Filip Hronek (four goals, 20 points).
Buffalo: @Tage Thompson (12 goals, 23 points); @Kyle Okposo (seven goals, 23 points); @Rasmus Dahlin (six goals, 22 points); @Jeff Skinner (13 goals, 21 points); @Victor Olofsson (five goals, 20 points).

Players to watch

Detroit: @Sam Gagner doesn’t have a point in his last seven games. The 32-year-old forward is still capable of popping off from time to time — back on Dec. 16, he burned the Carolina Hurricanes (!!) for five shots and a slick goal — and has managed to work his way back from the AHL to become a pretty indispensable part of the Red Wings’ bottom six. It’ll be interesting to see if he remains in Detroit beyond this season — or if Steve Yzerman is able to get a return for him at the trade deadline.
Buffalo: Talk about a cold streak: @Victor Olofsson hasn’t scored since Halloween. The 26-year-old winger has zero goals and 11 assists in 21 games since Oct. 31. When at his best, Olofsson is a formidable sniper and one of Buffalo’s primary weapons. He’s not doing a whole lot these days, but he’s too talented to continue on that path for long.

Viewing and listening options

Monday’s game in Buffalo will be broadcast on Bally Sports Detroit starting at 1:00 p.m. ET. It’ll be sent over the airwaves on WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” in the Detroit area, as well as on the Red Wings’ official website.


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