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Morning skate report: Detroit has Buffalo's number

DETROIT -- When last the Buffalo Sabres visited Joe Louis Arena, they found themselves down two goals, fought their way back, then dropped an overtime decision to the Detroit Red Wings.

It's a game the Sabres felt they let slip away.

Then again, it's also the way the Sabres luck has gone against the Red Wings.

Detroit is on a 13-game point streak against the Sabres (12-0-1) and have won eight straight home games against Buffalo dating back to Jan. 20, 2009. Detroit has lost in regulation to the Sabres just once since the 1997-98 season going 24-3-1-1 over 29 games.

The Red Wings aren't just hot against the Sabres -- they have an active 13-game point streak which has propelled them to second place in the Atlantic Division. Detroit has not lost in regulation since Nov. 14.

"They’re a fast team, playing well, esp at home and finding ways to win," Sabres forward Evander Kane said. "They feed off the rush. ... They feed off turnovers, especially in the neutral zone and we’re going to have to eliminate that and try to play as much time as we can in their zone. Work them down low."

Spending time in the offensive zone was a key for the Sabres in their 2-1 overtime win over the L.A. Kings on Saturday. The best defense for Buffalo was keeping the puck out of their own end.

"I think our ability to forecheck and get to the offensive zone was a huge factor against L.A.," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said. "When we’ve been at our best, that’s what we do well -- set up our forecheck and turn it into being an offensive zone team."

Bylsma said that Chad Johnson will start for the Sabres with the rest of the lineup remaining the same.

 

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