Actual lineup news coming: The Sabres' forward lines and defense pairs have been mostly unchanged for the first 11 games, save for Evan Rodrigues' uneventful four-game stint in place of the injured Conor Sheary. That will change tonight.
Marco Scandella (leg) and Jimmy Vesey (upper body) both left Thursday's 6-2 loss in New York with injuries in the second period and neither returned to the game, although Scandella was on the bench for the third period and was held off the ice. Late Friday afternoon, the Sabres ruled both of them out of tonight's game and said they would be re-evaluated this weekend.
With no forward callup, it means Rodrigues will come back into the lineup to play in Vesey's spot with Sheary and Casey Mittelstadt.
The team called up defenseman Will Borgen from Rochester on Friday morning but he will simply be an extra defenseman. John Gilmour will make his Buffalo debut after being a healthy scratch for 11 straight games.
Bouncing back: The Sabres have yet to lose two in a row this year and will be trying to avoid that fate in the wake of Thursday's clunker in the Big Apple.
"The growth process doesn't change depending on a score of a game," Krueger said afterward. "We are still making mistakes. We made mistakes in past games and we were able to find ways to win. Today, we just couldn't recover from the hole we dug ourselves into. We didn't show the Rangers enough respect and they punished us for it and we will learn from that."
"Truthfully, it's just one loss. Whether we lost 10-1 or 2-1, it doesn't matter," said goaltender Carter Hutton. "It's one loss and we have to move on. I think we have a lot of experience and maturity in this room and Ralph as the head coach is going to keep the boys focused."
Broken Wings: Detroit is 3-7 and on a six-game losing streak during which the Red Wings have been outscored, 27-9, and have allowed five goals in five of the six games. Get this: Tonight is the start of a three-game homestand that features visits by defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis and Edmonton, which owns the same 8-2-1 record as Buffalo. Yikes. On paper, not the way to turn around a losing streak.
The Sabres have won three straight in Detroit for just the second time in their history. They won five in a row here from 1979-1981.
Defenseman Danny DeKeyser and forwards Luke Glendening and Justin Abdelkader were absent from today's morning skate and will sit out tonight, with embattled coach Jeff Blashill announcing Glendening suffered a hand injury Wednesday at Ottawa and will miss 2 to 4 weeks.
Jimmy Howard (1-4, 3.88/.898) is expected to start in goal against Buffalo's Linus Ullmark (2-1-1, 3.18/.913).
Detroit is just 25th in the NHL on the power play (4 for 33) and 26th on the penalty kill (23 of 32). The Sabres remain fourth on the PP (12 for 42) but only 18th on the PK (27 of 34).
Unbalanced lineup: Anthony Mantha (7 goals), Darren Helm (4) and Tyler Bertuzzi (4) have combined for 15 of the Wings' 23 goals. Mantha likely will switch lines tonight to skate with slumping Andreas Anthanasiou, who has no goals and a minus-11 rating thus far after scoring 30 goals last year.