The second team on the schedule for the Buffalo Sabres is the Detroit Red Wings. The second game of the season will see the empire of HockeyTown visit Hockey Heaven for the two teams only meeting of the season.
Last season the Buffalo Sabres faced the Detroit Red Wings twice, losing both games by a fair margin, being outscored 9-1 in the two contest. Despite losing long time defenseman Nicklas Lindstrom this off season, and going silent in the off season – Detroit is going to still remain a force in the regular season and will give the Sabres fits in the regular season. Despite getting tougher, the talent level in Detroit is still head and shoulders above what it is in Buffalo – and the Sabres will lose the second game of the regular season – hopefully not as miserably as they lost to Detroit last season.
Last season the teams faced off for the first time on December 2nd – an Jhonas Enroth received little support from the men in front of him as Detroit rolled over the Sabres to win their 11th game out of their last 13. December only netted the Sabres four wins.
The second time they faced the Buffalo Sabres, it was in Detroit and it was the Red Wings 15th consecutive home win of the season. Enroth played in this game as well, but in relief of Ryan Miller who was pulled in the second period. Buffalo only mustered four wins in the month of January when this game took place.
Both games saw the Red Wings up 3-0 on the Buffalo Sabres in just the first period of play. The Sabres could not mount any sort of offensive to even stop the bleeding in the 2011-2012 season. There could be turmoil in HockeyTown however, as GM Ken Holland is receiving some criticism for a lackluster off season – an offseason the team has said they will not overpay for a free agent.
Tune in tomorrow for installment three of the regular season schedule breakdown – the New York Rangers.