NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 6th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Red Wings (50-19-9) at Buffalo Sabres (38-31-9), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to keep their fading playoff
hopes alive when they host the mighty Detroit Red Wings tonight in an
interconference matchup at HSBC Arena.
With 85 points and four games left in the regular season, the Sabres are
running out of time to make the playoffs. Buffalo is four points behind both
the New York Rangers and Florida for the eighth and final postseason berth in
the Eastern Conference, but the Sabres get to use a game in hand over both
Buffalo had a streak of five straight games with a point snapped Saturday
against visiting New Jersey. Martin Brodeur was spectacular between the pipes,
stopping 35 shots, including 21 in the third period to lift the Devils past
the Sabres, 3-2.
Jochen Hecht and Clarke MacArthur scored for the Sabres, who were 4-0-1 in
their five games prior to the regulation loss against Jersey.
Ryan Miller stopped 19-of-22 shots before being pulled after 40 minutes.
Mikael Tellqvist turned aside all six shots that he faced in the final stanza.
Buffalo is playing the second of two straight on home ice tonight and is
22-14-3 as the host this season. The Sabres, who will begin a two-game road
trip Wednesday in Toronto, will close out their regular season with a home
test against Boston on Saturday.
The Red Wings, meanwhile, have already clinched the Central Division title and
can finish no worse than the second seed in the West. With 109 points, Detroit
is six behind San Jose for the Western Conference's top spot. The Red Wings
have four games left and get to use a game in hand over the Sharks tonight.
Detroit had lost three straight, but ended that skid with Sunday's victory
over visiting Minnesota. Marian Hossa scored in the final minute of the third
period to lift the Red Wings to the 3-2 victory over the Wild at Joe Louis
Hossa also picked up an assist for the Red Wings, who earned their 50th
victory of the season. Detroit has reached the 50-win mark in each of the last
Jiri Hudler and Pavel Datsyuk also scored in the victory, while Chris Osgood
made 21 saves. Tomas Holmstrom finished with a pair of assists for the Wings.
Detroit is 23-11-5 as the visiting team this season and has won six of its
last seven road tests.
The Red Wings beat the visiting Sabres, 3-1, on January 10 and Detroit has won
two straight and four of the last five meetings between the clubs. Detroit has
also picked up wins in each of its last two trips to western New York.
04/06 10:39:57 ET