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Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

NHL | HOCKEY
TV: Sportsnet | BSDET | MSG
Logo Detroit Red Wings
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Logo Buffalo Sabres
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OPENNER
5.5

-1.5 +180
CURRENT
5.5o -113

-140
MONEYLINE
+130

3
SCORE
2

The Buffalo Sabres were disappointed in themselves after the way they were blanked in Detroit on Saturday.

They'll get a chance to redeem themselves Monday afternoon in a rematch against the Red Wings in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Sabres gave up two first-period goals and never mustered a rally in the 4-0 shutout.

"They scored two on the power play in the first period and they got some momentum from that, but we need to clean that up," defenseman Robert Hagg said. "We need to be better on the kill and help our goalies out there."

Sabres goalie Aaron Dell made 35 saves, but the team was outshot 39-22 with the four Detroit goals coming from close range.

"He (Dell) is probably the only guy who can feel good about himself after this game," Hagg said. "The rest of us need to look ourselves in the mirror. We play again in 48 hours and we better be ready."

Buffalo had been feeling pretty good two nights earlier when the Sabres snapped a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) with a 4-1 road victory over Nashville. The early penalties on Saturday set the tone, as Detroit's Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri converted on the power play to put the Sabres in an early hole.

"It was close to the opposite of what we saw in Nashville," coach Don Granato said. "There's no way to sugarcoat that. It just wasn't good enough from start to finish."

The Sabres had a chance to get back into the game in the second period when they had three power plays in the first 12 minutes but came up empty.

"We did nothing on the power play," Granato said. "The power plays just exemplified the rest of the game."

It was still just 2-0 entering the third but rookie Lucas Raymond scored 13 seconds into the period, which Granato admitted was a "backbreaker."

"You play the way we did through two periods and you actually have a chance in the third," he said. "You know that going into the third that it's only a 2-0 game and you give up one 10-15 seconds in when you should be trying to push and that's disappointing."

The Red Wings, who won the first two meetings in overtime, can complete the four-game season series with four victories on Monday.

Detroit's two dynamic rookies played major roles in those wins. Defenseman Moritz Seider scored the game-winner for his first NHL goal on Nov. 6. Three weeks later, Raymond notched the first overtime game-winner of his career.

Raymond had gone 14 games without entering Saturday's game, but he jammed a pass from captain Dylan Larkin past Dell for the 3-0 advantage. Michael Rasmussen added a goal midway through the third period.

"I think the most important thing is he doesn't have to answer all your questions about it," coach Jeff Blashill said. "That's one thing about this league -- you are always reminded about things like that, even when you shouldn't be worried about it. He's been playing good hockey and he's been helping us win games, but it certainly feels better to score."

Blashill said he was encouraged by the success of his special teams units. The Wings have scored on the power play in three of the past four games.

"Hopefully that just continues to build confidence," he said. "Confidence matters, and special teams was a huge factor."

Still, Detroit had lost four in a row (0-2-2) after being shut out by Winnipeg in its previous outing.

"This was a big win, especially after getting shut out at home last time," Bertuzzi said. "We needed to stop the losing streak, but now we've got to come out in the next game and back this up."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Detroit Red Wings
3
2
Buffalo Sabres

Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo Sabres Recap JAN 17TH 2022

Dylan Larkin scored two goals, including the game-winner 2:07 into overtime, and the visiting Detroit Red Wings rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 on Monday afternoon.

Detroit, which defeated Buffalo 4-0 at home on Saturday, completed a sweep of the four-game season series. Three of those games were decided in overtime.

Larkin's 18th goal of the season was set up by Nick Leddy, as he ripped a shot past goaltender Aaron Dell's glove.

Vladislav Namestnikov had the other goal for Detroit while Alex Nedeljkovic, who recorded the shutout two nights earlier, made 26 saves.

Henri Jokiharju and Jeff Skinner scored for the Sabres and Dell stopped 32 shots.

The Red Wings had a season-high 22 shots on goal in the first period Saturday. They only managed five on Monday as Buffalo gained a 1-0 advantage.

The Sabres won a faceoff in Detroit's zone and Jokiharju took a shot from the point that got past a screened Nedeljkovic. Jokiharju's second goal of the season was assisted by Rasmus Dahlin and Skinner.

Detroit had nearly twice as many shots on goal in the second period but the score remained the same.

An apparent Buffalo goal midway through the second period was nullified after a coach's challenge when the play was deemed offside.

Detroit's Robby Fabbri had a quality chance five minutes into the third period but Dell made the save with his right pad. Two minutes later, Dell denied Pius Suter from point-blank range.

Buffalo soon made it 2-0. Skinner collected a loose puck near the Detroit net, spun around and scored his 14th goal of the season with 10:39 remaining. Tage Thompson had the assist.

A failed coach's challenge gave Buffalo a power play but the Red Wings instead converted their third short-handed goal of the season. Namestnikov's 11th goal was set up by Moritz Seider and Tyler Bertuzzi.

Larkin came off the bench and fired a shot from the slot past Dell with 6:32 left to tie the game. Fabbri set it up with his seventh assist.

--Field Level Media

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