@ 7:00 PM
Buffalo: December 21st @ Bruins Loss(OT) 4-3
Detroit: December 21st vs Avalanche Loss(SO) 2-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 15th(7th in Atlantic)
Detroit: 5th(3rd in Atlantic)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Girgensons(9), Ennis(8), Moulson(7), Stafford and Foligno(5)
Detroit: Nyquist(14), Datsyuk(13), Tatar(12), Sheahan and Abdelkader(7)
Buffalo: Ennis(15), Stafford(11), Girgensons(9), Moulson(8)
Detroit: Zetterberg(22), Franzen and Kronwall(13), Datsyuk and Helm(11), Tatar, Sheahan, and DeKeyser(10)
Buffalo: Ennis(23), Girgensons(18), Stafford(16), Moulson(15)
Detroit: Zetterberg(28), Datsyuk(24), Tatar(22), Nyquist and Franzen(19)
Buffalo: Girgensons(+2), Flynn and Pysyk(EV), Reinhart, Larsson, Schaller, and Grigorenko(-1), Zadorov and Kaleta(-2)
Detroit: Jurco(+7), Abdelkader(+6), DeKeyser and Lashoff(+5), Datsyuk and Weiss(+4)
Buffalo: Foligno(43), Weber(39), Myers and Deslauriers(37), Zadorov(35)
Detroit: Quincey(35), Kronwall and Ericsson(28), Franzen(26), Abdelkader and Smith(22)
Buffalo: Ennis(81), Moulson(73), Stewart(67), Girgensons(62)
Detroit: Zetterberg(109), Tatar(86), Nyquist(82), Franzen and Helm(64)
Buffalo: Girgensons(234), Hodgson(141), Mitchell(132), McCormick(93)
Detroit: Zetterberg(271), Glendening(220), Datsyuk(215), Sheahan(210)
Buffalo: Deslauriers(106), Foligno(92), Weber(72), Girgensons(71)
Detroit: Abdelkader(63), Glendening(56), Helm(50), Quincey(49)
Buffalo: Gorges(83), Myers(71), Ristolainen(58), Weber(53)
Detroit: Kronwall(48), DeKeyser(41), Miller(34), Quincey(33)
Tonight’s Projected Lines:
Sabres Forward Lines:
Sabres Defense Pairings:
Red Wings Forward Lines:
Red Wings Defense Pairings:
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 23 GP 10-11-2 3.05 GAA .912 SV% 1 SO
Detroit: Petr Mrazek 6 GP 3-2-1 2.24 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO
Last Meeting: November 2nd Sabres Won(SO) 3-2
Season Series: Sabres Lead 1-0-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 54-51-13-2-1
All-Time @ DET: Red Wings Lead 37-18-5-0-1
January 13th vs Red Wings 7:00 PM
January 18th @ Red Wings 8:00 PM
Last Game’s Recap:
Eriksson’s OT goal lifts Bruins past Sabres
For the second time in three games, Loui Eriksson was the overtime hero for the Boston Bruins.
After defenseman Dougie Hamilton scored his second goal of the game with 1:31 remaining in regulation to force overtime, Eriksson scored with 2:14 elapsed in the extra session to earn the Bruins a 4-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Sunday.
The Sabres (13-18-3) have lost three in row. Enroth, who started on back-to-back nights because Michal Neuvirth was sick, made 33 saves.
It was a gutsy effort for the Sabres to earn one point; Buffalo was at a decided disadvantage in terms of manpower from the start and the loss of players continued throughout the game. The Sabres started without defenseman Tyler Myersbecause of a lower-body injury. Forwards Matt Moulson and Patrick Kaleta were out sick, and before the game coach Ted Nolan said several other players were ill.
Late in the first period, forward Brian Gionta was injured on a hit by Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forwardMarcus Foligno was injured in the ensuing fight with Bartkowski. Gionta and Foligno did not return to the game because of upper-body injuries. Bartkowski received a game misconduct.
“Yeah, I mean going down to three lines early and losing a couple more guys, just the way that the game ended you’re disappointed, but the effort, you’re right, we couldn’t have asked for more,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. ”They gave us everything they had and we have a [Tim] Schaller going head-to-head against a [Patrice] Bergeron all night and it’s kind of a … he’s only played three games in the NHL. So I thought that all things being equal we did a great job.”
Schaller, a rookie from Merrimack, N.H., put the Sabres ahead 3-2 with 1:27 gone in the third period with his first NHL goal on a wraparound. He was called up Sunday from the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League because of the injuries and illness afflicting the Sabres. Schaller’s parents made it to the game.
“I didn’t even know how to celebrate,” he said. ”I threw my hands up, they gave me a hug, so I guess that’s all I needed.”
Injury Ridden Sabres Visit Red Wings
Season series: Zemgus Girgensons scored in the third round of a shootout and Michal Neuvirth stopped Henrik Zetterberg to seal a 3-2 win for the Buffalo Sabres against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 2 in Buffalo. The Red Wings had won seven straight against the Sabres; Buffalo’s previous victory against Detroit was a 6-2 win Oct. 13, 2009.
Sabres team scope: The Sabres canceled practice in Detroit on Monday, mostly because coach Ted Nolan wants to make sure a flu bug that already has affected forwards Patrick Kaleta and Matt Moulson doesn’t spread any further. Their status for Tuesday is unknown, as is the status of captain Brian Gionta. Gionta sustained a hard hit from the Boston Bruins’ Matt Bartkowski at 14:08 of the first period and did not return to the game because of an upper-body injury. In addition, Marcus Foligno sustained an upper-body injury fighting Bartkowski after the hit on Gionta and did not return to the game. If the Sabres decide to recall a forward from Rochester of the American Hockey League, it might not be in time for the morning skate Tuesday.
Red Wings team scope: Goaltender Jimmy Howard practiced Monday, but his status for Tuesday remains unknown. Howard injured his groin in the first period of a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Friday and left about halfway through practice Monday, according to MLive.com. ”I was surprised [Howard] was out there on his own, then I was surprised he was in the net,” coach Mike Babcock said Monday, according to MLive.com. ”I gave him the boot out of the one net to say are you starting tomorrow. I don’t know if he is. We’ll know tomorrow morning.” Petr Mrazek will start if Howard can’t, but Howard told MLive he’s feeling positive he’ll be able to go. ”There’s a chance, but I don’t know. I’ll probably have to talk a little bit more to [the training staff] to see what’s best for myself and for the team. It’s responded every single day with treatments. It felt good out there on the ice today, so hopefully tomorrow, another good work day, and you never know.”
Buffalo: Hackett Torn ACL(IR/Out), McCormick Lower Body(IR/Questionable), Weber Knee Surgery(IR/Probable), Mitchell Lower Body(IR/Out), Strachan(IR/Out) Myers Lower Body(Out), Foligno Hand(Out), Gionta Upper Body(Doubtful), Kaleta Flu(Questionable), Moulson Flu(Questionable),
Detroit: Gustavsson Shoulder(IR/Out), Weiss Shoulder(IR/Out), Howard Lower Body(Out)
Next 5 Games:
December 27th vs New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
December 29th @ Ottawa Senators 7:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
December 31st vs Tampa Bay Lightning 6:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
January 2nd vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)
January 3rd @ New York Rangers 7:00 PM(MSG HD)