Postgame: Red Wings @ Sabres - 12/2

The Wings' win over the Sabres tonight wasn't quite what it seemed. Based on the first period and the final score, you'd think Detroit dominated the game. In reality, Detroit controlled the first period and then - until the last five minutes or so - both teams pretty much just coasted.

Buffalo had fewer shots in the first period than either the second or third and the first was the only period in which the Red Wings outshot them. The Wings took as many shots in the first (18) as they did in the rest of the game combined.

What you end up with is a period that defined the scoreboard but not the game.

I'm not sure if Detroit got lazy after taking the 3-0 lead or Buffalo started playing better; probably a combination of the two. The latter you have to expect but the former is disappointing. The now-seven-game win streak the Wings are on has gotten them back to the top of the conference. It's going to end someday but I'd hate to see that loss come because the Wings got sloppy.

Jimmy Howard is a fantastic goalie but the team can't continue to ride him like they have at times during the streak.

One good bit of news to come out of the latter stages of the game is that Justin Abdelkader is fine after taking a high hit in the third period.

Also good: Chris Conner looked solid in his first game as a Red Wing. I have to think he's officially ahead of Fabian Brunnstrom on the depth chart right now, but things are going to get interesting once Jan Mursak returns from injury.

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The Red Wings kick off a three-game road trip tonight in Buffalo, looking to extend their six-game winning streak.

The Sabres will see goalie Ryan Miller dress for the first time since taking a hit from Boston's Milan Lucic three weeks ago but Jhonas Enroth is expected to get the start.

Chris Conner will make his first appearance as a Red Wing tonight, swapping into the lineup for Fabian Brunnstrom, who the Red Wings will waive and attempt to return to the Grand Rapids Griffins after he's spent some time with his wife and newborn son.

Cory Emmerton, who may or may not be banged up, is Detroit's other healthy scratch up front. Mike Commodore is the healthy scratch on defense.

Jimmy Howard gets the start yet again for Detroit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 6:31 PM


Enroth should have had that. That's why you throw it on net.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 7:52 PM


Mule didn't really even look like he was trying there. Love it when they make it look simple.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 8:02 PM


Great shot by Fil but, man, Enroth was square to him. Two kinda weak goals against.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 8:08 PM


Can't complain about that start. Fil is on fire lately, love seeing that since he's shown flashes of it for years.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 8:17 PM


Ugh. Wings can't rely on Jimmy all the time, his stick isn't as good as his glove.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/2/2011 at 9:50 PM


Can't complain about that start. Fil is on fire lately, love seeing that since he's shown flashes of it for years.

I just want to take this opportunity to (sheepishly) retract my earlier dismissal of Filppula, Bertuzzi and Hudler. They each seem to have picked up their games individually during this streak of wins, but especially Filppula. (Bertuzzi seems to wear a target on his back to be called for each and every misdemeanor, which continues to be a burden to the team...nevermind.)

Posted by OldBroad on 12/3/2011 at 9:49 AM

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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