Buffalo Sabres vs Detroit Red Wings Preview 11-2

Buffalo Sabres (2-9-1) vs Detroit Red Wings (6-2-2)

First Niagara Center – Buffalo, New York

November 2nd, 2014 – 5:00pm

The Buffalo Sabres open up a four game home stretch today as they welcome the Detroit Red Wings to town.  After a 5-0 loss in Pittsburgh last night, the Sabres will play four home games this calendar week against top quality teams.  Detroit is coming of two quality wins over Washington and L.A and will look to extend their respective winning streak to three games this evening.  Today marks the beginning of a three game road trip for the Red Wings.

Detroit will regain the services of quality veteran Johan Franzen today after a groin injury has held him out of the past six games.  In four games played this season, Franzen has two goals and three assists.  He should provide steadiness to the second line as he will likely play alongside Gustav Nyquist and centerman Darren Helm.

 Johan Franzen has 352 career points in 571 games played with Detroit.

Johan Franzen has 352 career points in 571 games played with Detroit.

Buffalo is on record setting pace for historically low offensive numbers.  After another shutout last night, the Sabres have now been shutout in five of their past eight games and are only averaging one goal per game. Although Matt Moulson is still scoreless on the season, he has had success in his career vs Detroit with five goals and three assists in his last six games.  Moulson is one of Buffalo’s top goal scorers and needs to get going in order for Buffalo to have any success.

-Expect Michael Neuvirth in goal today as Jonas Enroth started both Thursday night and last night.

-Positivity.  Josh Gorges has an NHL leading 53 blocked shots on the season.

-Negativity.  Detroit is looking for their 9th straight win vs Buffalo today.  Buffalo hasn’t defeated Detroit since 2009.

-This is the first of four games between Detroit and Buffalo this season.  Buffalo has a 53-51-16 all time record vs Detroit and an impressive 34-16-9 record vs the Red Wings at home.