RED WINGS (21-26-7) at SABRES (26-20-7)
1 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-D, NHL.TV
The Buffalo Sabres will look to shore up their defensive play when they host the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center on Saturday.
The Sabres have allowed at least four goals in eight of their past 10 games, including 17 in their past three, and at least 30 shots in seven those 10. They are 3-6-1 during that stretch.
The Red Wings had their three-game winning streak end with a 4-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.
Players to watch
Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past eight games.
Sabres forward Sam Reinhart has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games.
They said it
"The one thing I'd say is on a consistent basis, I think, his compete level's been real high. And like any player, it can ebb and flow a little bit, [but] it's stayed at a real high level almost all season long." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on Gustav Nyquist
"A lot of it is just positionally, and it's not just our [defensemen], it's a five-man unit out there, communicating and getting things sorted out quickly because things happen fast. … It's not about effort." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley
Red Wings projected lineup
Gustav Nyquist -- Dylan Larkin -- Justin Abdelkader
Thomas Vanek -- Frans Nielsen -- Anthony Mantha
Darren Helm -- Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou
Michael Rasmussen -- Jacob de la Rose -- Christoffer Ehn
Niklas Kronwall -- Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen
Jonathan Ericsson -- Dennis Cholowski
Scratched: Martin Frk, Luke Witkowski
Injured: Evgeny Svechnikov (knee surgery), Trevor Daley (foot), Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body)
Sabres projected lineup
Jeff Skinner -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Sam Reinhart
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Vladimir Sobotka -- Evan Rodrigues -- Tage Thompson
Rasmus Dahlin -- Zach Bogosian
Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen
Lawrence Pilut - Jake McCabe
Scratched: C.J. Smith, Nathan Beaulieu, Matt Hunwick
Injured: Casey Nelson (upper body)
Nelson was sent to Rochester of the American Hockey League on a conditioning stint Friday.
Vanek has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past eight games. … Athanasiou has five assists in his past four games. … Ristolainen, who will play in his 400th NHL game, has 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 13 games against the Red Wings since the 2015-16 season. … Scandella will play in his 500th NHL game.