BY: DAVID KOLB
DETROIT RED WINGS (8-10-1) @ BUFFALO SABRES (7-8-4)
BACK TO LEVEL
The Buffalo Sabres begin the night looking for their third straight win, for the first time this season following Monday’s 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. After falling under .500 due to a six-game losing streak, the Sabres hope to climb back to .500 tonight as they host the Detroit Red Wings.
RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
If the Sabres can get goals from their top skaters once again, accompanied by great goaltending, they have a great chance of winning games. Kyle Okposo, Johan Larsson, Matt Moulson and Marcus Foligno all scored for Buffalo on Monday, and Robin Lehner was sensational in net, turning aside 29 Flames shots.
STOPPING THE RED SKID
The Red Wings begin the night hoping to end a four-game losing streak, following their 3-2 loss against the Calgary Flames Sunday. The Wings have had problems scoring, tallying only five goals in their past four games.
The Sabres exploded for three power-play goals in a span of 1:41 in the second period of Monday win over the Flames. Moulson’s power play tally moved him into a first-place tie with Montreal’s Shea Weber with six power play goals.
Each of Detroit’s last three losses have been one-goal games, and through 19 games, the Red Wings are averaging 2.32 goals per game. Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist and Dylan Larkin have all had ups and downs this season, and need to start scoring more consistently, for the Wings to battle for a playoff spot.