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Ducks @ Sabres GAMETHREAD: A Trip Through Big Bad Buffalo

The Ducks take on the Buffalo Sabres looking to avoid a three-game losing streak.

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping consecutive games, the Anaheim Ducks will try to finish their trip out east with a win against the Buffalo Sabres. The Ducks’ surge of scoring seems to have worn off a bit, with them managing just one goal in each of their losses. The Buffalo Sabres are also hoping for a bit of a turn-around, as they too have lost consecutive games with just 3 goals for during that time. Both teams sit third in their respective divisions, but a win could jump Anaheim into second place.

Fortunately the Ducks have a great chance of winning as long as they can stifle the Sabres’ top line of Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. The duo has been truly incredible this season, but the Sabres’ essentially live and die by that line’s performance. Look for Ryan Getzlaf and company to lead the way offensively in order to grind out a win before heading back to the west coast.

Stat Pack

19-13-5, 43 pts Record 20-11-5, 45 pts
3rd in Pacific, 6th in West, 12th in NHL Standings 3rd in Atlantic, 4thth in East, 7th in NHL
2.49 (29th) GF/GP 2.92 (19th)
2.81 (9th) GA/GP 2.89 (14th)
14.7% (27th) Power Play 18.4% (20th)
79.5% (16th) Penalty Kill 83.2% (7th)
Pontus Aberg (11G) Goals Jeff Skinner (25G)
Ryan Getzlaf (20A) Assists Jack Eichel (32A)
Ryan Getzlaf (29P) Points Jack Eichel (46P)
Adam Henrique (4PPG) PPG Jeff Skinner (6PPG)
Jakob Silfverberg (1SHG) SHG N/A
Ryan Getzlaf (19:55), Hampus Lindholm (25:26) TOI/GP (F&D) Jack Eichel (20:14), Rasmus Ristolainen, (25.47)
Ondrej Kase (56.47), Andy Welinski (51.17) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Jeff Skinner (51.98), Casey Nelson (52.20)
John Gibson GOALIES Carter Hutton
15-10-4 Record 13-10-2
0.926 Save % 0.917
2.54 GAA 2.58

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Pontus Aberg - Ryan Getzlaf - Ondrej Kase

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Daniel Sprong

Kiefer Sherwood - Carter Rowney - Brian Gibbons

Hampus Lindholm - Brandon Montour

Jacob Larsson - Josh Manson

Josh Mahura - Jake Dotchin

John Gibson

Buffalo Sabres

Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart

Conor Sheary - Vladimir Sobotka - Evan Rodrigues

Zemgus Girgensons - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Remi Elie - Johan Larsson - Tage Thompson

Lawrence Pilut - Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin - Zach Bogosian

Marco Scandella - Jake McCabe

Carter Hutton