By Dave Hart
Red Wings 5, Sabres 4 (SO)-The Detroit Red Wings played in their first shootout game and defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.
Brad Richards scored the lone goal in the third round of the shootout.
Red Wings’ goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped all three shootout shots. He also stopped 28 of 32 shots by the Sabres in regulation and overtime.
Justin Abdelkader led the Red Wings with two goals, while Tomas Tatar and Drew Miller each added a goal.
The Red Wings are now 13-8-4 on the season, good for 30 points and second place in the Atlantic Division.
Detroit will remain home to play the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Record: 13-8-4 30 pts
2nd Place in Atlantic Division (11 pts behind Montreal)
Tied for 4th Place in Eastern Conference (11 pts behind Montreal)
4 pts ahead of New Jersey for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 113 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 124 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 124 pts
Next Game: 12/03/2015 vs Arizona Coyotes 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena
Stats: Goals- Justin Abdelkader 2 (7), Tomas Tatar (9), Drew Miller (1). Assists- Gustav Nyquist 2 (8), Abdelkader (8), Danny DeKeyser (4), Jonathan Ericsson (2), Luke Glendening (2), Mike Green (8), Niklas Kronwall (8). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (7-4-3) 28 saves on 32 shots.
Pistons 116, Rockets 105 (Monday) –The Detroit Pistons held on to defeat the Houston Rockets on Monday night.
The Pistons, who snapped a two-game losing streak, saw their 23-point lead cut to four points before pulling off the victory.
Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 31 points and eight assists, while Andre Drummond outplayed Rockets’ star Dwight Howard, scoring 24 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.
Pistons’ rookie Stanley Johnson added 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
The Pistons are now 9-9 on the season, good for fourth place in the Central Division.
Detroit will continue its homestand on Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.
4th Place in Central Division (4.5 games behind Cleveland)
10th Place in Eastern Conference (4.5 games behind Cleveland)
1 game behind Boston for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 66
Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 70
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 70
Next Game: 12/02/2015 vs. Phoenix Suns 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills
Stats: Reggie Jackson 31 points 8 assists, Andre Drummond 24 points 13 rebounds 3 steals 3 blocks, Stanley Johnson 19 points 10 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova 13 points, Marcus Morris 12 points.