Red Wings Visits Buffalo after Blockbuster Eichel Trade

Lucas Raymond for the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Lucas Raymond for the Detroit Red Wings. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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The Detroit Red Wings continue their road trip tonight with their fourth game in eight days when they visit the surprising Buffalo Sabres.  Game time is 7:00 PM ET at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY.

On Thursday, the Sabres completed a blockbuster trade with the Vegas Golden Knights.  The Golden Knights acquired Jack Eichel and a conditional pick from Buffalo in exchange for Alex Tuch, Peyton Krebs and two conditional picks.

Red Wings fans will not see Tuch (Shoulder) or Krebs (assigned to Rochester in the AHL) on Saturday night.

Red Wings Notes

  • Detroit is on a four game losing streak
  • Detroit is currently 25th in league standings with a 4-5-2 record
  • Detroit is currently 27th in special teams, PP 15.4%, PK 70%
  • Dylan Larkin (Personal) remains out of the lineup for the Red Wings
  • Rookie Lucas Raymond now leads the Red Wings with 10 points in 11 games
  • Tyler Bertuzzi leads Detroit with six goals  and a +7 rating in eight games
  • Rookie defenseman Moritz Seider leads the Red Wings with nine assists in 11 games

Detroit Projected Lineup

Forwards

Tyler Bertuzzi – Pius Suter – Lucas Raymond

Robby Fabbri – Joe Veleno – Filip Zadina

Vladislav Namestnikov – Mitchell Stephens – Sam Gagner

Givani Smith – Michael Rasmussen – Adam Erne

Defensemen

Nick Leddy – Filip Hronek

Jordan Oesterle – Moritz Seider

Marc Staal – Troy Stecher

Goaltenders

Alex Nedeljkovic

Thomas Greiss

Not in lineup 

Carter Rowney (Healthy), Gustav Lindstrom (Undisclosed),  Dylan Larkin (Personal), Danny DeKeyser (Healthy)

Sabres Notes

  • Buffalo are currently on a three game losing streak
  • Buffalo are 17th in league standings with a 5-4-1 record
  • Buffalo special teams rank 4th in the NHL, PP 25.9%, PK 89.3%
  • Victor Olausson leads the Sabres with 5G and 9PTS.
  • Defensemen Jacob Bryson, Colin Miller, and Rasmus Dahlin are tied for the team lead with five assists
  • Tonight will be Girgensons’ 500th NHL game
  • Goaltender Craig Anderson has an upper body injury and will not dress, Aaron Dell has been recalled from Rochester
  • Winger Brett Murray sent to AHL to make room for Dell

Buffalo Projected Lineup

Forwards

Jeff Skinner – Tage Thompson – Rasmus Asplund

Drake Caggiula – Dylan Cozens – Vinnie Hinostroza

Zemgus Girgensons – Cody Eakin – Kyle Okposo

Anders Bjork – Arttu Ruotsalainen – John Hayden

Defensemen

Rasmus Dahlin – Will Butcher

Jacob Bryson – Colin Miller

Robert Haag – Mark Pysyk

Goaltenders

Dustin Tokarski

Aaron Dell

Not in lineup

Craig Anderson (Upper Body), Alex Tuch (Shoulder), Victor Olausson (Undisclosed), Christian Wolanin (Healthy)

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