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Buffalo has been outscored 11-4 in consecutive losses; Detroit has won three straight at home

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

SABRES (19-19-7) at RED WINGS (12-30-3)

5 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-D, MSG-B, NHL.TV


The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try to win their fourth straight game at home, and third straight overall, when they host the Buffalo Sabres at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Detroit, which is coming off a 3-2 shootout victory against the Ottawa Senators on Friday, is 3-2-0 in its past five games after losing 18 of its previous 20 (2-16-2). 

Buffalo has been outscored 11-4 in consecutive losses, including allowing four goals in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. 


Players to watch

Sabres center Jack Eichel has seven points (three goals, four assists) during a six-game point streak.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past seven games and is one goal shy of 100 in the NHL.


They said it

"We need to look hard at this, like I said, quick. No time. Five o'clock game tomorrow against Detroit, but those final 14 minutes (against Vancouver) we really, really need to put a mirror in front of our faces and figure out why we gave up on what is our game. There's just no sign of it." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger

"We've talked so much about needing something to grab on to, and I really do believe we can be a great team at home. We've seen it, and with our schedule coming up before the long All-Star break, we really can get on a roll here and keep it going into the end of the season." -- Red Wings center Dylan Larkin 


Sabres projected lineup 

Jimmy Vesey -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary -- Marcus Johansson -- Michael Frolik

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Rasmus Asplund -- Curtis Lazar -- Evan Rodrigues

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Brandon Montour

Lawrence Pilut -- Henri Jokiharju

Linus Ullmark

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Zach Bogosian, Colin Miller, Scott Wilson

Injured: Victor Olofsson (lower body), Jeff Skinner (upper body), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Filip Zadina -- Valtteri Filppula -- Adam Erne

Darren Helm -- Frans Nielsen -- Luke Glendening

Justin Abdelkader -- Christoffer Ehn -- Givani Smith

Patrik Nemeth -- Mike Green

Madison Bowey -- Filip Hronek

Brian Lashoff -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Brendan Perlini,  Calvin Pickard

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Jonathan Ericsson (face), Andreas Athanasiou (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body)


Status report

Neither team will hold a morning skate. … Nielsen (illness) missed practice on Saturday but is expected to play. The Red Wings recalled Pickard from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League under emergency conditions. The goalie won five of his past six games with the Griffins since Dec. 11. 


Stat pack

Eichel has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 16 games against Detroit. … Bernier is 3-1-0 with a 1.96 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and one shutout in his past four starts. 

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