After dropping the second game on the Buffalo Sabres Western Road trip to the Los Angeles Kings, the Sabres are back in action tonight against the Anaheim Ducks as they close out their road trip out West. Currently the Sabres are 1-1 on the three-game road trip a win tonight would give them a winning record from the trip. Can the Sabres take down the might Ducks who currently rule the NHL?
While the Ducks are the best team in the NHL at 13-3-1 the Buffalo Sabres bring up the rear in the NHL standings with a 3-14-1 record. This will be a tough matchup for the Sabres as they tango with another team near the top of the NHL standings, of course last time they tackled a top team they came out on top.
The Sabres were shutout last night against the Kings and with the Ducks strong goaltending tandem the Sabres will need to find their offence tonight. Goals will be hard to come by against the Ducks, striking early and capitalizing on opportunities will be key if the Sabres are to bring out the W.
These two teams met earlier in the year in Buffalo and the Ducks came out on top with a 6-3 win and have gone 6-0-1 since. Wednesday night’s shootout win was the teams best offensive burst of the season and they’ll need to draw back into that bag tonight. This is the 4th set of 13 back-to-back games this season for the Sabres and they’re 1-2-0 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.
The line of Cody Hodgson (13 points in last 16)- Matt Moulson (14 points in last 11) and Tyler Ennis continues to be the hot line for the Sabres and they will be relied on once again to get the job done in Anaheim. Steve Ott leads the Sabres with 26 points in 49 games against the Ducks.
As far as injuries go the Sabres will be without the services of Mike Weber and Christian Ehrhoff while the Ducks will be without Saku Koivu, Jacob Silfverberg, Matt Beleskey (finger) and defenseman Sheldon Souray.
It’s expected Ryan Miller will make his return between the pipes tonight to finish up the road trip, Miller is 3-2-0 in his career against the Ducks with a 1.67 goals against average and a .946 save percentage. He’ll need to bring his A-game tonight and keep this one low scoring.