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NHL : ATS Matchup
Monday 3/20/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (29-31-0-12, 70 pts.) at DETROIT (28-31-0-11, 67 pts.)
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Monday, 3/20/2017 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
51BUFFALO+125Ov 5,-130+130Ov 5,-130
52DETROIT-145Un 5,+110-150Un 5,+110
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games29-43-0-8.229-43-8.232-332.530.22.934.3
Team Stats (Road Games)12-25-0-812-25-818-152.428.83.134.9
Last 5 Games2-3-0+0.12-3+0.12-
vs. Division9-14-0-3.19-14-3.17-
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)721805655618821728.3%2155023.3%293
Team Stats (Road Games)37893326273110658.4%991919.2%142
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)511253121437.7%10220.0%17
Team Stats (vs. Division)2350181119207167.0%701521.4%86
Stats Against (All Games) 210517770121424728.5%2084923.6%348
Stats Against (Road Games) 1152347396612918.9%1133026.5%194
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14635001927.3%11327.3%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 61113214467907.7%671725.4%92
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
ROBIN LEHNER (All Games)51501675154292.1%419-31-9.219-31-0-1021-22
ROBIN LEHNER (Road Games)252583176391.8%210-15-1.310-15-0-311-10
ROBIN LEHNER (vs. Division)202064860292.9%27-13-4.47-13-0-46-12
ROBIN LEHNER (Last 4 Games)4314013092.9%10-3-30-3-0-31-1
ANDERS NILSSON (All Games)242278972692.0%110-12+110-12-0+111-11
ANDERS NILSSON (Road Games)141245741691.0%02-10-6.62-10-0-67-5
ANDERS NILSSON (vs. Division)5314013193.6%12-1+1.32-1-0+11-2
ANDERS NILSSON (Last 4 Games)4412611591.3%02-2+0.92-2-0+12-2
LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
LINUS ULLMARK (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games28-42-0-10.828-42-10.832-292.528.23.030.4
Team Stats (Home Games)14-20-0-8.914-20-8.914-162.527.62.728.3
Last 5 Games3-2-0+13-2+13-
vs. Division6-16-0-9.46-16-9.410-
DETROIT Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)70177565356121119719.0%2243113.8%287
Team Stats (Home Games)3485243029249389.1%1192117.6%139
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5164471113711.7%18527.8%28
Team Stats (vs. Division)2249121617436227.9%75912.0%75
Stats Against (All Games) 21073567011921279.9%2063718.0%338
Stats Against (Home Games) 91332726549619.5%971616.5%146
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 142660013610.3%1317.7%24
Stats Against (vs. Division) 742920205267710.9%721723.6%119
DETROIT - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JARED COREAU (All Games)141436232188.7%16-8+0.36-8-0-210-4
JARED COREAU (Home Games)551008989.0%13-2+1.53-2-0+23-2
JARED COREAU (vs. Division)7717315388.4%14-3+2.44-3-0+25-2
JARED COREAU (Last 4 Games)441119484.7%00-4-4.50-4-0-44-0
JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)201850547193.3%28-10-3.88-10-0-43-11
JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)121031329493.9%14-6-4.64-6-0-52-6
JIMMY HOWARD (vs. Division)5412411592.7%01-3-2.41-3-0-20-2
JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)44958892.6%02-2+0.12-2-002-1
PETR MRAZEK (All Games)44381252112689.9%114-24-7.314-24-0-719-14
PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)201954448789.5%07-12-5.87-12-0-59-8
PETR MRAZEK (vs. Division)151137833588.6%01-10-9.51-10-0-95-5
PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)431069286.8%01-2-11-2-0-11-2
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.12,  DETROIT 3.16
BUFFALO - Schedule
2/25/2017at COLORADO3-5L0, -125L5 ovO
2/26/2017at ARIZONA2-3L0, -115L5.5 unU
2/28/2017NASHVILLE4-5L0, +115L5.5 evO
3/2/2017ARIZONA6-3W0, -175W5.5 unO
3/4/2017TAMPA BAY1-2L0, -110L5.5 unU
3/5/2017at PITTSBURGH3-4L0, +255L6 evO
3/7/2017PHILADELPHIA3-6L0, -105L5 ovO
3/10/2017at COLUMBUS3-4L0, +200L5.5 unO
3/11/2017COLUMBUS5-3W0, +125W5.5 unO
3/14/2017at SAN JOSE1-4L0, +180L5 ovP
3/16/2017at LOS ANGELES0-2L0, +180L5 ovU
3/17/2017at ANAHEIM2-1W0, +180W5.5 unU
3/20/2017at DETROIT 
3/28/2017at COLUMBUS 

DETROIT - Schedule
2/21/2017NY ISLANDERS1-3L0, -105L5.5 unU
2/28/2017at VANCOUVER3-2W0, -110W5 unP
3/3/2017at CALGARY2-3L0, +135L5 ovP
3/4/2017at EDMONTON3-4L0, +160L5 ovO
3/7/2017at TORONTO2-3L0, +160L5.5 unU
3/8/2017at BOSTON1-6L0, +260L5.5 unO
3/10/2017CHICAGO4-2W0, +130W5.5 unO
3/12/2017NY RANGERS1-4L0, +120L5.5 unU
3/15/2017at COLORADO1-3L0, -125L5 ovU
3/16/2017at ARIZONA5-4W0, +100W5 ovO
3/18/2017COLORADO5-1W0, -175W5 ovO
3/21/2017at MONTREAL 
3/24/2017TAMPA BAY 
3/27/2017at CAROLINA 
3/28/2017at CAROLINA 
3/30/2017at TAMPA BAY 
BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 35-36-11, 81 points. Finished 23rd in NHL after two consecutive last-place finishes, and missed playoffs for fifth consecutive season.
COACH: Dan Bylsma (second season, eighth NHL season)
ADDED: F Kyle Okposo, D Dmitry Kulikov, G Anders Nilsson.
LOST: F David Legwand, D Mark Pysyk, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jack Eichel. Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid, Eichel finished second among NHL rookies with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists). The 19-year-old displayed breakaway speed and a powerful shot. Eichel is being counted upon to become more consistent now that he has a full season behind him. Eichel went through an 11-game slump spanning November and December, during which he combined for a goal and three assists.
OUTLOOK: The expectations are higher for a Sabres team that made the jump from rock bottom to being relevant by finishing 23rd last season following two consecutive last place finishes. Though missed playoffs for fifth consecutive year, Buffalo showed signs of jelling by closing last year with a 16-10-7 run. Additions of Okposo and Kulikov adds experienced top-line depth to young core. Big question mark is whether G Robin Lehner can establish himself as trusted starter after two injury-shortened seasons.
DETROIT: LAST SEASON: 34-40-8, 76 points. Last in the Metropolitan Division, missed the playoffs.
COACH: John Tortorella, second year, 34-32-8
ADDED: C Sam Gagner, D Scott Harrington, LW Pierre-Luc Dubois.
LOST: RW Rene Bourque, RW Jared Boll, D Fedor Tyutin, D Justin Falk, LW Kerby Rychel.
PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Brandon Saad. Acquired in a trade with Chicago before last season, the 23-year-old Saad scored 31 goals and added 22 assists for 53 points, all career highs. He and center Boone Jenner were among the few bright spots in the team's dismal season last year. That pair, along with right wing Cam Atkinson will make a potent first line.
OUTLOOK: Columbus made no blockbuster deals in the off-season, meaning it is starting the season with the same group of players that made it one of the NHL's sad sacks last year. But team president John Davidson believes his players will perform up to their potential under Tortorella, who replaced Todd Richards after seven games last season. He's also ready to tap into the talented pool of players that helped the Lake Erie Monsters win the AHL's Calder Cup. A fully healthy Sergei Bobrovsky in the net will be a huge boost. Still, everything will have to click just right to get the Blue Jackets to the playoffs.
Wings hope power-play surge continues vs. Sabres

The Detroit Red Wings are finding an effective power play for the first time this season, even if it is far too late to save their season.

The Wings scored twice with the man advantage Saturday in a 5-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche after netting a pair of goals on the power play Thursday during a 5-4 shootout win over the Arizona Coyotes.

It marked the first time all season that the 28-31-11 Red Wings, who will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 1989-90 season, scored multiple times on the power play in consecutive games.

The Red Wings will be looking to make it three in a row -- both in terms of victories and in games with more than one power-play goal -- when they play host to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

"This is what we needed," said Detroit left-winger Tomas Tatar, who scored twice Saturday to reach the 20-goal plateau for the third time in four seasons. "Without the power play, you can't win the games.

"You need these goals to get you going in a certain point of the game and I feel like the last few games our power play's working, which is huge and that's why we're getting points as well."

The Detroit power play has even climbed out of the NHL's basement. At 13.8 percent, the Red Wings moved into a tie for 28th with the Vancouver Canucks and ahead of the Avalanche (12.9 per cent).

Detroit coach Jeff Blashill sees a different group on the ice when the Red Wings are enjoying the man advantage, a unit that suddenly expects to put the puck in the net.

"No question confidence is a huge factor," Blashill said. "It's a huge factor in individuals, it's a huge factor in units and it's a huge factor as a team.

"Certainly, our power play (units) both feel better about themselves as units and while they still have to take on their own identity a little bit, I think both units have done a good job."

Individual, the overall numbers still don't paint a pretty picture. Center Dylan Larkin, who tallied with the man advantage Saturday, leads the team with five power-play goals. Justin Abdelkader and Frans Nielsen are next with four apiece.

At the other end of the spectrum, Philadelphia forwards Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn share the NHL lead with 15 power-play goals apiece. Combined, those two have nearly as many power-play goals as the entire Red Wings team (31).

There is no such worries in Buffalo. The Sabres own the NHL's second-best power play (23.3 percent), paced by Matt Moulson's 10 goals.

Buffalo's 2-1, 10-round shootout win Friday at Anaheim allowed the Sabres to improve to 2-6 in the shootout.

"We really needed to see that puck go in the net," Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News of the shootout winner by Zemgus Girgensons.

Detroit, an NHL-best 8-0 in the shootout, recalled forward Tomas Nosek on an emergency basis Sunday from AHL Grand Rapids. Forward Darren Helm left the Saturday game with a lower-body injury, and if he can't go Monday, Nosek would be inserted.

Last Updated: 4/21/2018 4:12:20 PM EST

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