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12/29/2022 at 11:07am EST

from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

Detroit Red Wings will be playing the Buffalo Sabres tonight, but it may feel like they are facing the Edmonton Oilers from the 1980s.

The Red Wings have played them twice this season, lost both games, and gave up 12 goals and a shootout game-winner. The Red Wings haven’t yet come close to figuring out how to deal with Buffalo’s offense. The Sabres lead the NHL with a scoring average of 3.94 per game.

What makes their numbers fascinating is the fact that the Sabres ranked 23rd in scoring just a season ago at 2.74 goals per game.

Hellberg in net?

The Red Wings erased a 4-0 lead to take down the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-4 in overtime, Wednesday night. They are now 2-0-1 in their last three games. Detroit goalie Magnus Hellberg had a strong relief performance in that game and is expected to get the start in Buffalo. Alex Nedeljkovic has lost the two previous games against Buffalo.

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I wasn’t aware of their offensive prowess other than against the Wings.  Looking forward to it.  It’s a sign that teams really can turn things around quickly.  I do not think the wings are legitimately in the top three of the division, or even playoff quality, but I do believe they have not even reached their potential offensively this year due to all the injuries. Possibly we’ll see that in the second half of the season if the depth of players can stay healthy.

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