Detroit Red Wings at Buffalo Sabres

Detroit Red Wings Preview

The Detroit Red Wings will look to find any semblance of offense in their attempt to snap a nine-game winless skid (0-8-1) on Thursday at Buffalo. The reeling Red Wings were shut out in consecutive contests for the second time this season when they fell 3-0 to Philadelphia on Monday, recording a season-low 16 shots on goal. Detroit is mired in a 129:01 scoreless drought since Valtteri Filppula tallied midway into the third period of a 4-2 setback to the New York Rangers on Friday.

The Red Wings have been outscored 37-12 during the winless streak, which began with a 5-1 trouncing by the Sabres on Jan. 12. Dylan Larkin, who has team-leading totals in assists (24) and points (37), set up defenseman Madison Bowey’s goal in the second period of that contest.

Buffalo Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabres look to get back on track Thursday when they conclude a five-game homestand against the struggling Detroit Red Wings. The Sabres sustained their fourth loss in five outings with a 6-1 shellacking by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday. Sam Reinhart scored Buffalo’s lone goal against the Avalanche, boosting his point total to 13 (seven goals, six assists) in 12 games since the start of January.

Captain Jack Eichel set up Reinhart’s first-period tally and also picked up an assist on defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen’s power-play goal in Buffalo’s 5-1 romp at Detroit on Jan. 12. Evan Rodrigues, who has three goals in 31 games this season, scored twice in the first five minutes of that contest.