Detroit Red Wings vs Buffalo Sabres – 01/22/16 Preview
The Detroit Red Wings (23-15-8) are flying in Buffalo Sabres (19-24-4) territory tonight. Here is the projected lineup:
Brad Richards will not be available to play since he will be attending his grandfather’s funeral and is expected to be back against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena. Brendan Smith didn’t practice Thursday but is expected to play Friday. Tomas Tatar, is also likely to play against the Sabres even though he was a late scratch for Wednesday due to illness. Petr Mrazek will have the start in goal.
The Sabres had a day off after losing to the Avalanche 2-1 on Wednesday. Sam Reinhart sustained an upper-body injury in the 2nd period last game in Colorado after colliding with Avalanche’s forward John Mitchell. Defenseman Josh Gorges, who missed 2 games with an upper-body injury, returned against the Avalanche and skated with Mark Pysyk; Jake McCabe and Carlo Colaiacovo are scratched.