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The Detroit Red Wings will try to defeat the Buffalo Sabres for the ninth straight time when they come to First Niagara Center. Detroit opens a stretch of three road games in four nights minus one of its regular defensemen. Kyle Quincey left the Red Wings' 5-2 victory against the Los Angeles Kings on Friday with an ankle injury and has been ruled out against the Sabres. That means another opportunity for Brian Lashoff, who played 75 games for Detroit last season but will be making his 2014-15 debut.
"Lash is a good pro. He's worked real hard, he's going to be an important penalty-killer for us, was last year," coach Mike Babcock said yesterday. "He gets his opportunity, and when you get your opportunity, you gotta make good and you gotta carve out a little niche for yourself, so make it a competition for the other guys."
The Red Wings should also get a lift from the return of forward Johan Franzen, who missed the past six games with a groin injury. Tonight, Mule and the Wings will go for their third straight victory here in Buffalo.
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