SABRES (15-6-2) at RED WINGS (10-10-2)
7 p.m. ET; FS-D, MSG-B, NHL.TV
The Buffalo Sabres will be trying to win their ninth straight game when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.
The Sabres have won nine in a row twice, in 1976-77 and 1979-80. The team record is 10 wins in a row, done twice (1983-84, 2006-07).
Buffalo defeated the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Jeff Skinner scored the tying goal with 2:26 left in regulation and the winning goal at 3:06 of overtime to post the eighth eight-game winning streak in Sabres history.
The Red Wings had won six of their past seven games (6-1-0) before a 3-1 defeat against the Washington Capitals on Friday.
Players to watch
Skinner has 23 points (16 goals, seven assists) in his past 17 games and is tied for the NHL goal lead (17) with David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins.
Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past seven games, including three goals in the past two.
They said it
"I think we're enjoying this for sure. We don't want to lose. Who wants to lose? You want to win every game you go out and play, and we've got another tough test in Detroit against a team that's playing very well." -- Buffalo center Jack Eichel
"We know in this room that we can compete with every team in the league on a nightly basis. Washington is obviously a very good team on their home ice, but we want to challenge ourselves against the best every night." -- Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader
Sabres projected lineup
Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville
Tage Thompson -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Sam Reinhart
Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Evan Rodrigues
Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian
Nathan Beaulieu -- Marco Scandella
Scratched: Remi Elie, Lawrence Pilut, Casey Nelson
Injured: Patrik Berglund (upper body), Scott Wilson (ankle), Matt Hunwick (neck)
Red Wings projected lineup
Anthony Mantha -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader
Gustav Nyquist -- Frans Nielsen -- Andreas Athanasiou
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Luke Glendening -- Michael Rasmussen
Thomas Vanek -- Jacob de la Rose -- Christoffer Ehn
Trevor Daley -- Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Niklas Kronwall -- Dennis Cholowski
Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Martin Frk
Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Jonathan Ericsson (undisclosed), Darren Helm (upper body)
Scandella played 15:00 against Montreal after missing Buffalo's previous game with a lower-body injury. … Ehn was recalled before the game in Washington to replace Frk on the fourth line. Vanek has taken over Frk's power-play time.
Eichel has seven points (one goal, six assists) in a five-game point streak. … Howard is 6-1-0 with a .936 save percentage in his past seven starts.