Game Preview: Sabres vs. Red Wings

By: David Kolb

DETROIT RED WINGS (20-19-6) @ BUFFALO SABRES (17-18-9)

ATLANTIC BATTLE

Tonight the Sabres host the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center for the third of four games the teams will play against each other this season. The clubs have split the first two contests and will conclude the season series Mar. 20 in Detroit. The Sabres look to get back to their winning ways tonight after dropping three of their past four games, including Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red Wings meanwhile have strung together three straight wins, including an exciting 6-5 shootout win vs. Boston on Wednesday.

KANE’S DOZEN

Sabres’ forward, Evander Kane scored Tuesday vs. Toronto, giving him three goals in his past five games and four goals in January. Kane now has 12 goals and five assists for 17 points and has potted two goals in two games against the Red Wings this season.

WINGS, HENRIK LOOKING FOR MORE OFFENSE

The Red Wings enter tonight’s game 23rd in goals-per-game and last in power play percentage, as their offensive woes continue. Henrik Zetterberg is tied for the club in scoring with only 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists), however, he has three points (two goals, one assist) in his last four games, and has scored a goal in the two games against the Sabres this season.

OKPO-SO SOLID

Sabres first-year forward, Kyle Okposo continued his solid season picking up a goal Tuesday in Toronto, giving him points in two straight games. No. 21 now has 13 goals and 16 assists for 29 points this season and has been sensational on the power play, scoring six goals with 10 assists.

ENNIS RETURNS

Sabres’ forward, Tyler Ennis, who missed more than two months of the season with a groin injury, scored just 19 seconds into his return to the lineup Monday against the Dallas Stars, however, did not play Tuesday vs. Toronto for precautionary reasons. He will be back in the lineup tonight against the Wings, looking for a goal in his second straight game.