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Detroit Red Wings keys against the Buffalo Sabres

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Game: Detroit Red Wings (28-38-10) @ Buffalo Sabres (31-36-9)

When: Thursday. March 28th, 2019

Where: KeyBank Arena

Time: 7:00 PM EST

TV: Foxs Sports Detroit

Radio: WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket DTW Flagship Station

 

Wings Top Performers

Scorers

Andreas Athanasiou: 29G/20A/49P

Dylan Larkin: 28G/36A/64P

Anthony Mantha: 19G/17A/36P

 

Leaders

Points: Dylan Larkin: 64P

Goals: Andreas Athanasiou: 29G

Assists: Dylan Larkin: 36A

 

Goalies

Jimmy Howard: 20-20-5, .908 SV%, 3.02 GAA

Jonathan Bernier: 8-18-5, .902 SV%, 3.23 GAA

 

Know Your Enemy

Scorers

Jeff Skinner: 37G/22A/59P

Jack Eichel: 26G/49A/75P

Sam Reinhart: 20G/41A/61P

 

Leaders

Points: Jack Eichel: 75P

Goals: Jeff Skinner: 37G

Assists: Jack Eichel: 49A

 

Goalies

Linus Ullmark: 14-13-4, .906 SV%, 3.09GAA

Carter Hutton: 17-23-5, .909 SV%, 2.57GAA

Overview

 

The seemingly impossible has happened. Detroit prepares to face a team tonight that has been looking a lot worse than themselves. Like The Red Wings, the Buffalo Sabres are officially eliminated from a playoff spot in this season’s Stanley Cup. Unlike Detroit (at least as of late), Buffalo has lost their last four in a row and are a mere 1-10-1 in their previous 11 games. 

Those statistics bad enough on their own, but the Sabres have also been held scoreless four times in their last nine games.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Detroit has done exceedingly well in their last five games, with a record of 4-1-0. They will be going into this game looking to secure a third win in a row, a rarity this season. This little win streak for Detroit comes after having gone 1-9-3 in their previous 13 games.

The Wings have been knocked down a lot this season, but leave it to the end for them to pick themselves right back up. Neither team needs, nor wants, two points tonight considering the draft, but someone will come out on top.

 

Projected Starter

Detroit’s projected starter in net tonight is Jimmy Howard. Howard has been looking pretty good late in this season, having won 3 of his last five starts. His previous start was a 3-2 win in Las Vegas where he stopped 28 of the 30 pucks that came his way. Before that was another, rather impressive win against the New York Rangers where he did not allow any goals for the first two periods and made 41 saves off of 43 shots of the game. Jimmy Howard has had an inconsistent season but has been good in his past few games, helping the Red Wings end this rough season on a high(ish) note.

Buffalo’s projected starter in net tonight is Linus Ullmark. As the Sabres have had a rough stretch of games so has their goaltenders. Ullmark is winless in his past five starts and has not had a win since the first of this month in their 4-3 victory over Pittsburg.

Players to Watch

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The Wing to watch tonight is center and goal leader Andreas Athanasiou. He has five goals and two assists, equating 7 points in his past five games and is a mere one goal away from reaching an NHL career high of 30 goals. AA has been on fire during the Red Wings hot streak, and with the opportunity to surpass his career easily within reach, it is safe to say we’ll be seeing a motivated player looking for any opportunities to get that puck in the net.

Taro Hirose also has four points through four career NHL games, recording an assist in each of the four games he’s played so far. Keep an eye out for Hirose to possibly score his fifth point tonight. 

 

Sabers

Jack Eichel has a strong history playing the Red Wing at the KeyBank Center with six points in six games (3 goals and three assists). His record in the Sabres for the past five games is less noteworthy, with 3 points, but given the Sabres record, it is surely not the worst on the team. Eichel is one point away from 100 in his NHL career, and tonight he may be looking for something to lift the Sabres morale, even if it isn’t a win.

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SNEAK PEEK: Saturday’s Detroit Free Press front page is all about Steve Yzerman coming home

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially returned home to the Detroit Red Wings.

Here is a sneak peek at the front page for Saturday’s Detroit Free Press.

Well done by the Free Press!

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REPORT: Sergei Fedorov could return to Detroit Red Wings

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On Friday, Steve Yzerman officially came home to the Detroit Red Wings.

But could one of his old pals be joining him in the Motor City?

According to 97.1 The Ticket’s Jeff Riger, he heard today that Yzerman might bring former Red Wings’ great Sergei Fedorov into the organization.

Nation, would you like to see Fedorov back in the Red Wings’ organization? Do you think he would consider coming back before his No. 91 is retired?

BREAKING: Steve Yzerman officially introduced as Detroit Red Wings’ GM

97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti interviews Steve Yzerman

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Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere are celebrating the official news that Steve Yzerman is now the general manager of the Detroit Red Wings.

Take a listen as he joins 97.1 The Ticket’s Mike Valenti to talk about the timing of the hiring and some additional insight.

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Ken Holland the architect of Steve Yzerman’s return

Well, who would have thought that?

According to a report from Sportsnet, it was none other than Ken Holland who was the leading force behind Steve Yzerman’s return to the Red Wings to take over his position, and has been working on it for months.

Of course, it was Ken Holland who declined this move the first time around in 2010. Red Wings ownership allegedly wanted to tap Yzerman as the successor to Holland, who didn’t want to move “upstairs” just quite yet. Yzerman then went to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and for the past nine years, has built them into a powerhouse and yearly contender for the Stanley Cup.

Holland, who has been the team’s GM since 1997, was asked earlier this month on 97.1 The Ticket about remaining with the Red Wings.

“That’s a great question,” Holland said. “I don’t have an answer for you. But I am a proud, proud Red Wing and I love being a Red Wing and I love living in Michigan. We’ve put roots down. I love the fans, I love the people that work for the Red Wings, I love the young players.

“Certainly would be very difficult for me to leave.”

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Tampa Bay Lightning swept in Round 1

Wow!

In perhaps the most shocking playoff result in recent memory, the 62-win Tampa Bay Lightning were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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