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Detroit outscored 37-12 in nine-game winless streak; Johansson to make first NHL start for Buffalo

by Heather Engel / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

RED WINGS (12-38-4) at SABRES (23-23-7)

7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Jonas Johansson will start his first NHL game for the Buffalo Sabres when they play the Detroit Red Wings at KeyBank Center on Thursday.

The 24-year-old goalie made his NHL debut with 13 saves in relief of Carter Hutton in a 6-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. He's 13-3-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 20 games for Rochester of the American Hockey League this season.

Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury.

The Red Wings have been shut out in two straight games and are winless in their past nine (0-8-1) while being outscored 37-12.

 

Players to watch

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past 14 games.

Sabres center Jack Eichel has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his past 14 games, including three goals and one assist in a four-game point streak.

 

They said it

"Just play your game. Playing his game is what got him the opportunity to get called up, so come in and play your game. He seems to be a fairly unflappable young guy, pretty easygoing. Doesn't seem like much affects him, doesn't seem to get too nervous." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill on defenseman Gustav Lindstrom

"I feel like if I would look at it from the outside, it would feel really huge, and it does feel big. But when you're in the middle of it, I try to focus on it like it's any game. It feels great." -- Sabres goalie Jonas Johansson

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Valtteri Filppula -- Justin Abdelkader

Taro Hirose -- Luke Glendening -- Andreas Athanasiou

Givani Smith -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Alex Biega

Trevor Daley -- Gustav Lindstrom

Dennis Cholowski -- Filip Hronek

Jonathan Bernier

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (back), Anthony Mantha (upper body), Filip Zadina (lower body), Mike Green (finger), Frans Nielsen (upper body)

 

Sabres projected lineup

Jimmy Vesey -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Jeff Skinner -- Evan Rodrigues -- Rasmus Asplund

Conor Sheary -- Marcus Johansson -- Michael Frolik

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Scott Wilson

Lawrence Pilut -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Colin Miller -- Henri Jokiharju

Jake McCabe -- Brandon Montour

Jonas Johansson

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Zach Bogosian

Injured: Curtis Lazar (illness), Rasmus Dahlin (upper body), Kyle Okposo (upper body), Linus Ullmark (lower body), Victor Olofsson (lower body), Tage Thompson (upper body), Vladimir Sobotka (lower body)

 

Status report

Lazar, a forward, is a game-time decision. … The Sabres will warm up with 13 forwards before deciding on a lineup. … Lindstrom will make his NHL debut for the Red Wings. 

 

Stat pack

Fabbri is two points from 100 in the NHL. … Reinhart has 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 12 games.

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