The Buffalo Sabres will visit the Detroit Red Wings on 30th November at the Little Caesars Arena, Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The two teams previously played on 31st October, and the Sabres won the matchup by 8:3. Here is a brief roundup of the two teams’ performance to assess what we can expect from the upcoming game.
Detroit Red Wings Statistics
The Detroit Red Wings are in 4th place in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference and 6th in the Conference, while their overall rank in the NHL is 11th. The team stands at 11-6-4 and enjoyed a long winning streak before losing to the Toronto Maple Leafs on 28th November by a score of 4:2.
Overall, the team has played 20 games in the season so far and 11 matches and lost 9. Earlier, the team has snatched victory in four consecutive matches and went into Monday’s game against Toronto after a win against the Arizona Coyotes. The team has won seven matches on home turf and lost 4, so it is safe to say that they have a solid record in home games.
The Detroit Red Wings have the 14th-highest scoring average in the league and have scored around 3.3 goals per game, while their shooting average has been 29.3. The team also ranks 12th in power play with a success rate of 23.3%. The lead scorer for the team is F. Hronek, with 8 points and 5 goals.
On the defence front, the team is conceding an average of 3 goals per game, placing it in 13th place in the league. They have managed an average of 28.2 saves while the save percentage is 90.38%, which can be considered quite impressive.
Buffalo Sabres Statistics
The Sabres are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference, while their rank in the NHL is 26th. The team has played 22 games in the season, out of which it has won 9 games and lost 13 matches. The team played its last match against the Tampa Bay Lightning and lost by 5:6.
Although the Sabres’ offence has picked up in the recent games and scored an average of 3.6 goals per game, the results have not been in their favour. The team scored 19 goals in its last four games and occupies 4th place in the league in terms of offence. The lead scorer for the team is A Tuch, with 7 points and 5 assists.
While the offence side of the Sabres has been going strong, the defence has let the team down. They have conceded an average of 3.59 goals per game, putting them in 28th place in the league, and that is why the team is facing such a tough time despite scoring well. The team’s overall saving percentage is 89.87%.
Buffalo Sabres vs. Detroit Red Wings Prediction
In the past ten years, the two teams have played 39 matches, out of which Detroit has won 24 games, while Buffalo has managed to win 11 games. Detroit also has a better home record of 7 wins and 4 losses compared to the Sabres’ away record, which is 4 wins and 5 losses. Detroit has also been performing well in its recent matches, and if its defence can contain the Sabres’ offence, there is all the chance for the Sabres to win. Buffalo may have won the last head-to-head between the two teams, but Detroit is in a better position to win the upcoming match.