Eichel and Buffalo take on Detroit
Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jack Eichel leads Buffalo into a matchup with Detroit. He currently ranks seventh in the NHL with 66 points, scoring 31 goals and recording 35 assists.
The Sabres are 8-11-1 against Atlantic Division teams. Buffalo has given up 39 power-play goals, killing 74.5% of opponent chances.
The Red Wings are 5-11-0 against the rest of their division. Detroit is last in the NHL shooting 27.8 shots per game.
Buffalo knocked off Detroit 5-1 in the last meeting between these teams on Jan. 12. Evan Rodrigues scored two goals for the Sabres in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Eichel leads the Sabres with 66 points, scoring 31 goals and collecting 35 assists. Sam Reinhart has totaled 10 points over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
LAST 10 GAMES: Red Wings: 1-8-1, averaging 1.4 goals, 2.5 assists, 3.3 penalties and 8.1 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .893 save percentage.
Sabres: 4-6-0, averaging 2.4 goals, four assists, 2.5 penalties and five penalty minutes while giving up 2.7 goals per game with a .908 save percentage.