Playing against Detroit is never an easy task, and tonight may be even more difficult. The Red Wings are on fire as they bring in a 14 game home winning streak.
A win tonight for Detroit would break a 47-year-old record. The Wings have won 18 of the last 22 games against the Sabres.
These two teams have met once earlier this season, with Detroit taking a 4-1 in Buffalo. This will be the final meeting of the regular season.
While Detroit have been unstoppable at home, the Sabres have been winless on the road. Buffalo now have lost eight straight road games, setting a new franchise record.
Ryan Miller is expected to get the start in his hometown. The Sabres goaltender has had a rough time against Detroit throughout his career, with just a pair of wins in nine attempts.
He’s also struggled on the road, losing his last six decisions with a 3.45 GAA.
Now seven points out of the playoffs, the Sabres postseason hopes are slipping away with each and every loss.
This week may be the most brutal of them all for Buffalo. With road games against Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and Winnipeg, the Sabres will have to scratch and claw for points.
The Sabres next four opponents are a combined 66-18-9 on home ice. The three Western teams are 52-10-8.
Luke Adam has not had a point in the past 12 games and has just one in the past 17.
Tonight’s faceoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.