The Detroit Red Wings responded to Mike Babcock’s goaltending change with three second period goals.
Buffalo scored three times on the game’s first six shots to open a 3-0 lead in the first period and end Wings’ starter Petr Mrazek’s night early.
Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Tomas Tatar scored second period goals tying the game 3-3 after 40 minutes.
Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Chris Stewart scored first period goals ending Red Wings starter Petr Mrazek’s night early.
Mrazek came into Sunday’s action having won his previous three starts while posting a 1.63 goals-against average.
McCollum was 10-8-3 in while posting a 2.33 G.A.A. and a .911 save percentage in 21 American Hockey League games with Grand Rapids this season.
The Detroit Red Wings will look for a fourth consecutive win without all star goaltender Jimmy Howard tonight when they play host to the Buffalo Sabres.
Petr Mrazek has won three straight starts while posting a 1.63 goals-against average.
The Sabres enter Joe Louis Arena losers of six straight in Detroit and 14 of its’ last 15 dating back to 1996.
Buffalo was handed its’ 10th consecutive regulation loss in a 4-3 decision against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night.
Detroit dropped the first meeting between the two clubs, 3-2, in a shootout on Nov. 2. However, since then the Red Wings have outscored the Sabres 9-4 in two wins.
Tonight marks the fourth and final meeting between Buffalo and Detroit this season.
You can watch the game on NBC and also by following NBC’s Live Stream via the link below:
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Some relevant linkage for tonight’s affair:
NHL on NBCSN: Red Wings hope to smoke Sabres
Stafford ‘surprised that people are still showing up’ to Sabres games
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Detroit Red Wings host the Buffalo Sabres at the Consol Energy Center at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.
Just about every sign points to the Detroit Red Wings winning tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres, possibly by a wide margin.
The game is in Detroit. Both teams are closing off back-to-back sets, so the fatigue factor is more or less balanced. While the Sabres might use a scathing column as bulletin board material, the takeaway is that Buffalo’s been bad … maybe even historically so.
The Red Wings have won three in a row and eight of 11 despite a road-heavy schedule in which they’ve only played two games in Detroit. The Red Wings have generated five of a possible six points against Buffalo so far this season, only dropping a shootout. Even with an injury to Jimmy Howard in mind, Detroit just keeps chugging along with Petr Mrazek acquitting himself nicely.
Oh yeah, the Sabres are also free-falling with 10 straight regulation losses that have largely erased the memory of Jhonas Enroth briefly boosting Buffalo to something resembling competence. (Now at 14-29-3, it’s difficult to picture Buffalo generating a relatively frisky 13-16-2 mark.)
Even with all these points in Detroit’s favor, the Red Wings still need to actually win the game.
In a strange twist, things have gotten toxic enough in Buffalo that a five-game road trip might just be a tonic for the Sabres’ troubles, or at least a change of pace.
(Hey, it’s probably the best way to boost up Buffalo’s downtrodden spirits at this point.)
Long story short, if you need a touch of “David vs. Goliath” in your sports day, then this game should have you covered.
All the latest from the blue paint …
With injuries an issue, it looks like the Detroit Red Wings will give goalie Petr Mrazek back-to-back starts and a great chance to make another impression as they face the lowly Buffalo Sabres.
(Yes, Buffalo deserves “lowly.” One local columnist thinks they’re tanking too hard.)
The Red Wings believe that the 22-year-old could have a real future, but Mrazek may just push things along a little bit if he keeps his current good work up. He’s won three games in a row, including holding the Buffalo Sabres to a single goal on Jan. 13. Going back a little further, he’s won five of six.
Overall, Mrazek is 8-3-1 with a .923 save percentage.
Detroit stands as big favorites here, especially since one seeming disadvantage (playing back-to-back games) is canceled out by the fact that Buffalo played on Saturday as well. The Sabres will probably turn to Jhonas Enroth. Whether it’s Enroth or Michal Neuvirth, they’ll be the underdog against Mrazek and the Red Wings.
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