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GameThread: Ducks at Sabres (12/17/15)

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Anaheim looks to get in the New York state of mind to begin road trip.

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus BUFFALO SABRES
11-13-5, 27 Pts Record 13-16-3, 29 Pts
7th Pacific, 14th West, 28th NHL Standings 7th Atlantic, T-13th East, T-26th NHL
3-8-1 Away Home/Away 7-9-1 Home
L - W - W - L - W Last 5 Games L - W - OW - L - L
1.90 (30th) GF/GP 2.28 (26th)
2.48 (13th) GA/GP 2.63 (T-17th)
17.3% (23rd) Power Play 22.0% (5th)
87.1% (2nd) Penalty Kill 76.9% (27th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Corey Perry 10G Goals Ryan O'Reilly 11G
Ryan Getzlaf 17A Assists O'Reilly 17A
Perry 19PT (10G 9A) Points O'Reilly 28PT (11G 17A)
Perry 9PPP (5PPG 4PPA) PP Points O'Reilly 13PPPT (5PPG 8PPA)
Andrew Cogliano 1SHG, Shawn Horcoff 1SHA SH Points Evander Kane 1SHG, Zemgus Girgensons 1SHA
Cam Fowler 22:55, Ryan Kesler 19:25 TOI/GP (D&F) Rasmus Ristolainen 24:30, O'Reilly 21:52
Jakob Silfverberg 56.32, Josh Manson 57.09 SAT% 5on5 (F&D, >50% GP) Kane 54.34, Mark Pysyk 54.37 ***IR***
John Gibson GOALIES Chad Johnson
4-3-1 Record 8-9-1
.934 Save % .911
.951 Adj. SV% (5on5) .919
26.19 SA/60 27.46

Expected Lines

Anticipated combinations for Anaheim and Buffalo via Eric Stephens, Orange County Register.

Ducks

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Jiri Sekac - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Carl Hagelin - Shawn Horcoff - Andrew Cogliano

Patrick Maroon - Mike Santorelli - Chris Stewart

Cam Fowler - Kevin Bieksa

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

John Gibson / Frederik Andersen

Sabres

Jamie McGinn - Ryan O'Reilly - Sam Reinhart

Matt Moulson - Jack Eichel - Evander Kane

Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Brian Gionta

David Legwand - Cal O'Reilly - Nicolas Deslauriers

Josh Gorges - Rasmus Ristolainen

Jake McCabe - Zach Bogosian

Mike Weber - Cody Franson

Chad Johnson / Linus Ullmark

Numbers For Nerds

via Hockey-Reference.com

While the Sabres have absolutely owned Anaheim's southern California rival Los Angeles on their visits to upstate New York, going 13-1-1 against the Kings since December of 1993, the Ducks have earned points in over half of their 15 previous road games against Buffalo with a 5-7-3 mark. Anaheim has won their last two games visiting the Sabres by an 11-4 aggregate. The last time they actually lost in Buffalo proper was December 21, 2010, as the previous instance the Sabres beat the Ducks was October 7, 2011 as part of the NHL's season opening series in Europe in Helsinki.