Game Preview: 2/9/19 vs. Detroit LAST GAME Thursday, February 7 Carolina 6 at Buffalo 5 (OT) Goals: Skinner (2), Rodrigues, Pominville, Scandella Goalie: Ullmark (24 saves/30 shots) PP: 0/2; PK: 2/3; Shots: Buffalo 39 – Carolina 30 CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 180) Player (injury, first game missed) – total games missed Casey Nelson (upper body, Dec. 8; injured reserve) – 24 games TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS 2/3: Assigned F Remi Elie to Rochester (AHL) 2/4: Recalled F C.J. Smith from Rochester (AHL) 2/8: Assigned Casey Nelson to Rochester (AHL) on a conditioning loan UPCOMING GAMES Sunday, Feb. 10: Winnipeg at Buffalo, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12: NY Islanders at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15: NY Rangers at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17: Buffalo at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19: Buffalo at Florida, 7 p.m. TODAY’S GAME RED WINGS at SABRES This is the second of four meetings between the Sabres and Red Wings this season. Last meeting: Buffalo defeated Detroit 3-2 (SO) in Detroit on Nov. 24, 2018 Next meeting: Thursday, March 28 in Buffalo The Sabres are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games vs. the Red Wings; 3-6-1 at home. This is the 139th game all-time between Buffalo and Detroit; Buffalo has a 61-59-18 series record. The Sabres are 37-20-10 at home against the Red Wings all-time. THIS DATE IN SABRES HISTORY The Sabres are 8-6-4 all-time on February 9. February 9, 1984: Gilbert Perreault records his 700th NHL assist in an 8-5 win vs. New Jersey. THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW Today’s game is Buffalo’s sixth afternoon game of the season. The Sabres are 4-1-0 in the first five. Today’s matchup is the fourth game of a seven-game homestand that ties the stretch from Jan. 20 to Feb. 2, 1997 as the longest in franchise history. The Sabres have killed 22 of 23 penalties (95.7%) against Detroit in their last six meetings, dating back to March 20, 2017. Marco Scandella (500) and Rasmus Ristolainen (400) are both expected to reach games played milestones today. After tying his career high with his eighth goal of the season on Thursday vs. Carolina, Evan Rodrigues has totaled seven points (6+1) in his last eight games. Rasmus Ristolainen has tallied eight assists in his last eight contests. Casey Mittelstadt enters today’s game seeking his first career four-game point streak, and has six points (1+5) in his last eight games.