Tonight at 5pm the Detroit Red Wings take on the Buffalo Sabres on the Sabres’ home turf. The Red Wings lost last night to the Ottawa Senators while the Sabres had the past two nights off after a 4-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Sabres’ two most recent victories both came in the shootout. What else about the Sabres can be said? Oh, they are revealing their new third jersey design in tonight’s game. That’s something.
Not much can be said on the Red Wings front, either, so let’s head to the next section.
Here’s what I’m guessing lines will look like (so please do not hold me to this; I’m not the coach):
Daniel Cleary – Henrik Zetterberg – Stephen Weiss
The Red Wings were chippy against the Sens last night. And as much as the Sens were penalized, the Red Wings didn’t keep themselves in check either. That third period was disastrous, and that’s putting it lightly. Here’s hoping Babcock instilled some fear into them so they don’t pull anything like that again.
Todd Bertuzzi is out with an upper body injury (like he was last night) and Stephen Weiss is in the lineup in his place (like he was last night). Daniel Alfredsson is in for Pavel Datsyuk, who did not travel with the team to Buffalo due to taking an elbow to the jaw in last night’s game. The play went unpenalized during the game; the elbow was thrown by Jared Cowen.
This is a team that still doesn’t seem to know what exactly it is and what it’s supposed to be doing. The only player that’s been consistent (aside from Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg) is Darren Helm, who has four goals and two assists in the ten games he’s played this season. His speed is also very nice to see.
Prediction: Let’s go against what I normally do. I’m going with a 3-1 Sabres victory just so Red Wings fans can go absolutely ballistic. Hey, our record isn’t that good when Datsyuk isn’t in the lineup.