Red Wings host Buffalo in first of Home-and-Home Series

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Tonight, the Detroit Red Wings will host the Buffalo Sabres in a home and home matchup that will conclude with a matinee game on Monday in Buffalo.  These two games are pivotal for the Red Wings and will go a long way in indicating if this team makes any kind of charge towards the playoffs.

Detroit won the first two games 4-3 and 3-2, against Buffalo in November.  The Sabres are currently 28th in the NHL standings and are 3-4-3 in their last 10 games.

Game time is 7:00 PM ET at LCA in Detroit, MI.

Red Wings Notes

  • Detroit are currently 5th in the Atlantic Division with a 16-17-5 record
  • The Red Wings special teams are currently ranked 29th in the NHL, PP 14.0%, PK 77.7%
  • Dylan Larkin leads Detroit with 32 points in 33 games
  • Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with 17 goals in 30 games
  • Moritz Seider lead the Red Wings with 21 assists
  • Seider leads all Detroit defensemen in scoring with 24 points in 38 games
  • Bertuzzi continues to lead the Red Wings with a +12 rating
  • Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start and has an 10-10-4 record, 2.84 GAA, and .916 SV% in 26 games

Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Pius Suter – Filip Zadina

Vladislav Namestnikov – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne

Givani Smith – Joe Veleno – Sam Gagner

Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser – Moritz Seider

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Marc Staal – Gustav Lindstrom

Goaltenders

Alax Nedeljkovic (starter)

Thomas Greiss

Not in lineup

Riley Barber (lower body), Carter Rowney (undisclosed), Jordan Oesterle (healthy)

Sabres Notes

  • Buffalo are currently 6th in the Atlantic Division with a 11-19-6 record
  • The Sabres special teams are currently ranked 16th in the NHL, PP 20.2%, PK 78.9%
  • Kyle Okposo leads Buffalo with 23 points in 34 games
  • Jeff Skinner leads the Sabres with 13 goals in 34 games
  • Okposo and defenseman Rasmus Dahlin lead Buffalo with 16 assists each
  • Mark Jankowski leads the Sabres with a +4 rating
  • Goaltender Aaron Dell is expected to start and has a 1-5-0 record, 3.87 GAA, and .887 SV% in 8 games

Buffalo Projected Lineup

Forwards

Rasmus Asplund – Tage Thompson – Victor Olofsson

Jeff Skinner – Dylan Cozens – Alex Tuch

Vinnie Hinostroza – Mark Jankowski – Kyle Okposo

Anders Bjork – Cody Eakin – John Hayden

Defensemen

Rasmus Dahlin – Henri Jokiharju

Jacob Bryson – Colin Miller

Robert Hagg – Mark Pysyk

Goaltenders

Aaron Dell (starting)

Michael Houser

Not in lineup

Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (lower body), Will Butcher (healthy), Malcolm Subban (upper body), Zemgus Girgensons (undisclosed)

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