Oct 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen (45) argues an icing call with referee Kyle Rehman during the third period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate #15: Anaheim Ducks

The Buffalo Sabres are home this evening against a Western Conference foe – before embarking on a trip through California.  The Anaheim

Ducks are in town as the Buffalo Sabres look for their first win at the First Niagara Center this season.

Buffalo is 0-7-1 – with a single point while home at the First Niagara Center.  Their opponent tonight is the Anaheim Ducks, who are 10-3-1 on the season so far.  Not an easy opponent to pick up your first win against.  The Ducks are perfect at home (5-0), only showing flaws on the road,  at 5-3-1.

The Buffalo Sabres enter tonight’s game on a three game losing streak.  In a bold move, the team moved co-captain Thomas Vanek already – realizing that he could not be resigned.  Hard decisions still remain for the Buffalo Sabres – as the rebuild cannot completely begin until you officially get rid of all parts of the existing problems.

Offense has been the biggest problem so far for the Sabres – who are being outscored 43-23.  Buffalo does seem to do well against the Ducks – in 27 all time meetings between the two teams, the Sabres are 15-8-3, with seven of the wins coming at First Niagara Center.  After being shutout by the New York Rangers on Halloween – the Buffalo Sabres have scored two or fewer goals in 12 of their 15 games.

Speaking of shutouts, the Buffalo Sabres averaged a shutout against the Ducks on average of once every four games – but Buffalo’s current goal-tending group only has one of the six shutouts, with Dominik Hasek having three shutouts, and Martin Biron getting two.  Ryan Miller has the the other.  Miller is still looking for his first shutout of the season – but it looks like it will be Jhonas Enroth getting the start tonight – as he was the first one off the ice at practice this morning.

Buffalo will be without John Scott again tonight, as he sits the fifth game of his seven game suspension.  The Sabres are also going to be without Patrick Kaleta – who despite being off his ten game suspension, has been waived by the Buffalo Sabres.

Mikhail Grigorenko will get the healthy scratch tonight – as Ron Rolston continues his planned string of healthy scratches, giving younger players a dose of “perspective” as they continue to try and learn the pro game his way.

Game time is scheduled for 7pm tonight – and as always – keep it tuned right here after the game for all of our writers reactions to the game.

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