The Buffalo Sabres will look for their first win of the season against the Detroit Red Wings tonight. The teams face off for the first of two meetings in five days; they’ll also face each other in Buffalo on Tuesday. As the Red Wings work on securing a playoff spot, the Sabres can play spoiler. Tonight’s puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.
Sabres fans in Buffalo can catch tonight’s game on MSG as usual, while fans in Detroit can watch on FS-Detroit +. The game will also be available throughout Southern Ontario on Bell TV.
If you can’t watch the game on TV, there’s also the option of listening to it on the radio. WGR-550 in Buffalo broadcasts almost all Sabres games, and you can also listen live on their website.
In addition, fans outside the viewing area can utilize NHL GameCenter Live to catch tonight’s game. The GameCenter app is available for Android, Apple TV, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone/iPod, Playstation and Xbox among other devices. You can also download the app for free to keep track of scores, standings and statistics across the league – that portion is all free, with the option to ‘buy-in’ if you wish to watch games live.
The Sabres are coming off last night’s loss to the St. Louis Blues, while the Red Wings look to extend a three-game winning streak. One big factor in tonight’s game will be the return of Pavel Datsyuk to the Wings lineup. He hasn’t played since February, but he could be a big help to finish out the regular season.
Matt Hackett is expected to get the start in net tonight for Buffalo, giving Nathan Lieuwen the night off after last night’s 26-save performance against the Blues. Hackett hasn’t played since March 29, when he had 29 saves in 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.
Aside from Datsyuk, the Sabres will have to contain Gustav Nyquist. Nyquist is on a three-game goal streak and has a goal in 9 of his last 10 games. He has 28 goals on the season and overall has 46 points in 51 games.
The Red Wings are currently first in the Wild Card spot, but there’s nothing guaranteed yet. A win tonight would certainly put them in a better spot moving forward, with Columbus and Toronto nipping at their heels.
Will Pavel Datsyuk make an impact in his first game returning from injury? Can Gustav Nyquist extend his goal streak to four games? And for the Sabres – can Luke Adam make an impact in his third recall of the season? Will the team feel the loss of Marcus Foligno to injury? And can Jake McCabe notch his first NHL goal in just his second game?
Tonight’s game is a 7:30 p.m. puck drop – so: not as late as last night, but not as early as usual. The Sabres have six games left in their season, including Sunday’s nationally televised game against the Flyers. We’re in the home stretch now, folks.