Detroit @ Buffalo
This is a unique challenge for the Buffalo Sabres, who have been good so far despite their lack of offense. They totaled over 40 shots on goal last Saturday but were still not able to score. As a team, they have a total of 11 points (compared to Detroit's 34). That must change if the Sabres are to compete for a playoff spot in the East, especially with the way Ryan Miller has played. His goals against is 0.99 and he already has a shutout. He's carrying this team and it's about time they rewarded him with some offense.
Looks like some MSU alumni is making a strong Olympic bid...but we'll worry about that later. Oh lord, could you just imagine if the Red Wings had a GAA of less than 1.0?
Detroit, after losing two in Europe, have bounced back nicely, winning two in North America against the Blackhawks and Washington. They are 12-2-1 in the last 15 meetings against Buffalo and 5-1-1 in the last 7 games in Buffalo. They have, however, lost Johan Franzen for several months and will have some major adjustments to make.
Adjustments have already been made as is evident in our win over the mighty Washington Capitals. Goals from Jason Williams, Tomas Holmstrom, and Ville Leino prove that the depth guys are getting done. But the big boys will need to step it up.
A tie seems about right for this game in the Game Winner Market. The Red Wings lost a lot of offense and Ryan Miller has been standing on his head to start the season.
This does have the making of a frustrating game if Miller is on his game. Let's just hope Ozzie can keep his focus; he's looked sharp in the last two. Get ready for a ton of shots, Mr. Miller. Especially if your team gets into penalty trouble. Detroit's PP has looked both solid and shaky at times...let's hope the former becomes the norm and not the exception.