The Red Wings pay an early-evening call on the last-place team in the overall standings Sunday, hoping they'll find a way to break out of a slump that has dropped them to fifth place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit is 1-3-5 in its past nine games, including a 4-2 home loss to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, but the Red Wings are 10-1-1 in their past 12 games against the Sabres and have won five of their past six visits to First Niagara Center.
Here's a look at Sunday's action:
Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes -- It was a happy flight to Raleigh after the Senators beat the Red Wings in Detroit for the second time this season. Clarke MacArthur scored twice, Bobby Ryan had the go-ahead goal in the third period and Robin Lehner stopped 34 shots to end a three-game losing streak. Cam Ward's goaltending earned the Hurricanes a point Saturday afternoon in Boston, but they missed the chance to get two when David Krejci scored in overtime for a 3-2 win. Carolina is 0-3-1 after a 4-0-1 homestand.
Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres -- Jonas Gustavsson is expected to be in goal after Jimmy Howard played against the Senators. The Red Wings might have to do some juggling on the blue line; Jakub Kindl left the game against Ottawa with a hip injury and his status isn't known.
Detroit is already shorthanded defensively with Danny DeKeyser (shoulder) on long-term IR and has only six defensemen on the active roster. The Red Wings will also be without center Pavel Datsyuk, who didn't make the trip due to a possible concussion sustained when he took an elbow to the head against Ottawa. Buffalo won its first game after Ted Nolan was named interim coach nine days ago but has dropped three in a row. The Sabres have been off since a 4-1 road loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, after which Nolan indicated there could be some lineup changes if the effort and performance doesn't improve.