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Ullmark to start for Sabres in Detroit

Goalie posted 41-save shutout in last meeting with Red Wings

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

DETROIT - Linus Ullmark will be back in goal for the Buffalo Sabres when they look to rebound against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday.

Ullmark posted a 41-save shutout in Buffalo's last visit to Detroit, a 2-0 victory on Oct. 25. The Sabres are coming off a 6-3 loss to Vancouver at home on Saturday, a game that saw the Canucks break a 3-3 tie with three unanswered goals in the third period. 

"The best therapy in the world is what we have done now since the loss to Vancouver, is we process it in a proper way by looking at the good and also the things we need to correct and then we communicate that to the team in many different ways," Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said.

"We had a meeting today where we communicated in a certain a style and a certain way. We make sure that we don't just keep it in our coaches room, that it gets through to the players and you had to be careful today with the back-to-back situation, but we felt they were in a position of learning this morning. So, that's what you do, is you turn it over. 

"There's so much opportunity in pain in sports and in the development of a team and it's just a question of using it in a constructive way. That's what we try to do. We're very honest, very transparent. Everything is clear. There's not a player in there who doesn't know what we liked and what we didn't like. Interestingly enough, they feel the same way, so that's important."

The Sabres will warm up with 12 forwards and seven defensemen and finalize their lineup then. Krueger said the team is leaning toward dressing 11 forwards and seven defensemen, with Zach Bogosian expected to return on the back end after being scratched Saturday. Jimmy Vesey will be out at forward.


Scouting the Red Wings

Detroit has won its last two games, both of which were played at home against Atlantic Division opponents. Dylan Larkin has points in five straight contests, with two goals and three assists in that span. 

The Red Wings sit last in the NHL with 27 points, 12 behind the next closest teams in Anaheim and Ottawa. Their current list of injuries includes forwards Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou along with defensemen Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley, and Jonathan Ericsson. 

Tyler Bertuzzi leads the Red Wings with 16 goals and 34 points. Jonathan Bernier is expected to start in net.


Tune in 

Coverage on MSG begins at 4:30 p.m., or you can listen to the game on WGR 550. Puck drop is scheduled for 5. 

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