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Discuss: Red Wings strike quickly against Sabres for win on Rivalry Night on NBCSN

Oct 2, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings officially welcomed themselves to the NHL’s new-look Eastern Conference on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings opened the season on home ice with a 2-1 win over the visiting Buffalo Sabres.

Let’s discuss.

  • The Red Wings didn’t need much in the way of scoring Wednesday. And their attack was relatively quick. The Wings got goals from Mikael Samuelsson and Pavel Datsyuk scored 36 seconds apart in the first period. Two goals, 36 seconds apart. Turns out hat’s all they needed.
  • The Red Wings made their debut – a successful one – in the new Atlantic Division, after making the move in realignment from the Western Conference.
  • Ryan Miller was the busier of the two goalies tonight. He was also quite good between the pipes, making 32 saves in a losing cause. He also denied Cory Emmerton on a short-handed penalty shot attempt in the second period.
  • Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall, 32, played a game-high 25:41 and added an assist in the win.

  1. polegojim - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Glad to see Samuelsson score and nice to be 1-0.

    I know it’s just one game… but I don’t want to see the 0-fer stat on the power play last very long at all. They’ve got to break through VERY soon.

    Also want to see Mrazek grow into an NHL goalie. I like that kids moxy and grit.

  2. buff80 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    As young as the Sabres are it was the vets that let them down. Leino shouldn’t even be in the league and it doesn’t look like Myers has improved at all. Going to be a long year in Buffalo

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      Myers was pretty scary tonight if you were a Sabres fan and hoping he could have a rebound year. Why he was put on the second 3 on 5 after he was obviously being kept from touching the puck in the 1st, even when he probably had a better look, is beyond me.

      • westinpat - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM

        It looked like Ehrhoff got tired of Myers fumbling passes or shooting the puck into Detroit’s shin guards.

        The entire team looked like a deer in headlights because of Detroit’s reputation. Towards the end of the second they started to play better though.

  3. cheliostwin - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    I know some of it was just bad luck, but the Wings had way too many penalties tonight. They are usually the least penalized team in the league, and 7 minor penalties, resulting in over 2 minutes of 5-on-3 power play is not going to cut it. At least the penalty killing units did really well and got lots of practice, but if they were playing a better team that would’ve cost them the game.
    Even though the power play units didn’t score, they did look good, lots of puck movement, lots of shots taken, but the Sabres did a good job of blocking shots, and Ryan Miller came up big.

    • rawmustard - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      It seems to me the Wings have been in the box at least 2-1 over their opposition over the last few seasons.

  4. thedavesiknowiknow - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    It can’t be overstated how much better Ryan Miller was than anybody on the ice in this game. Buffalo looked overwhelmed to a man in their own end. This could have been an all time embarrassing beating for a Sabres opener on national t.v. It sort of was anyway.

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 3, 2013 at 4:36 AM

    Rivalry Night? I’m not at all sure how many fans, if asked to name a great NHL rivalry, would pick the Wings and Sabres among their first few.

    • bullwinkle88 - Oct 3, 2013 at 5:57 AM

      That’s easy to answer: No One…even from Buffalo or Detroit.

      • bigblackzaranek - Oct 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

        The only rivalry last night was Pierre vs. Listenable broadcasting…

  6. stevequinn - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    Since when has Detroit – Buffalo been considered a rivalry? Until this year, they weren’t even in the same conference. The rivalries for the Red Wings were the Blackhawks and the Blues until the NHL screwed that up.

    They should have left Detroit in the Western Conference Central Division.

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