RED WINGS (28-38-10) at SABRES (31-36-9)
7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, FS-D, NHL.TV
The Detroit Red Wings will try for their fifth win in six games when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday.
Detroit has won two straight and is 4-1-0 in its past five games after going 1-9-3 in its previous 13.
The Sabres, who have lost four in a row and are 1-10-1 in their past 11 games, have been shut out four times in their past nine games.
Detroit and Buffalo each has been eliminated from Stanley Cup Playoff contention.
Players to watch
Red Wings center Andreas Athanasiou has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past five games and is one goal shy of reaching 30 for the first time in his NHL career.
Sabres center Jack Eichel has six points (three goals, three assists) in six games against Detroit KeyBank Center and needs one goal for 100 in the NHL.
They said it
"I think the growth process for him will be eliminating the valleys and making sure those valleys are much more shallow [so] that when it's not his A game, he's got a real good B game." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on forward Anthony Mantha
"We've been working really hard down there and we've been winning a lot, so I think we're coming up here with a lot of energy and some confidence as well. Hopefully we can bring that." -- Sabres forward Victor Olofsson on the players called up from Rochester of the American Hockey League
Red Wings projected lineup
Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha
Tyler Bertuzzi -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Luke Glendening
Christoffer Ehn -- Frans Nielsen -- Taro Hirose
Matt Puempel -- Ryan Kuffner
Danny DeKeyser -- Filip Hronek
Niklas Kronwall -- Madison Bowey
Jonathan Ericsson -- Luke Witkowski
Injured: Thomas Vanek (mid body), Michael Rasmussen (upper body), Trevor Daley (back), Justin Abdelkader (leg), Mike Green (virus), Jacob de la Rose (accelerated heartbeat)
Sabres projected lineup
Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Jason Pominville
Conor Sheary -- Vladimir Sobotka -- Alexander Nylander
Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo
Rasmus Dahlin -- William Borgen
Lawrence Pilut -- Brandon Montour
Marco Scandella -- Casey Nelson
Scratched: Scott Wilson
Injured: Evan Rodrigues (upper body), Zach Bogosian (lower body), Rasmus Ristolainen (illness), Jake McCabe (upper body), Matt Hunwick (upper body)
Mantha declared himself good to go after missing practice Wednesday. … The Red Wings held an optional morning skate. … Olofsson will make his NHL debut. ... McCabe, who has been skating on his own for the past couple of weeks, skated with the Sabres for the first time and is day to day. … Rodrigues, Bogosian, Ristolainen and Hunwick each is day to day.
Larkin is two goals shy of reaching 30 for the first time in his NHL career. … Skinner, with 37 goals this season, is one goal from setting an NHL career high; he also had 37 with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2016-17.