DUCKS (10-3-1) at SABRES (2-12-2)
TV: FS-W, MSG-B
Last 10: Anaheim 7-2-1; Buffalo 2-7-1
Season series: Anaheim and Buffalo open a two-game season series tonight at First Niagara Center, marking the first meeting between the clubs since Feb. 29, 2012. The Ducks are 8-14-4 all-time vs. the Sabres, including a 3-6-4 mark in Buffalo. Anaheim's last win at First Niagra Center came on Feb. 24, 2009 in a 3-2 victory. Mathieu Perreault leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring against the Sabres, earning 2-4=6 points in eight games. Following tonight's game, these two teams will meet again next Friday, Nov. 8 at Honda Center to conclude the season set.
Big story: The Ducks play game No. 7 on a season-high eight-game, two-week road trip. So far they are 3-2-1. After Buffalo, the Ducks will end the trip Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.
Ducks: Despite seeing their three-game winning streak end Thursday night in a 3-2 shootout loss in Boston, the Ducks have still earned seven out of a possible eight points over their last four games. But, head coach Bruce Boudreau said his players aren't happy about the point that got away.
"The guys are disappointed," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They want to win every game. That's why the record is what it is right now and they're not going to be happy with a shootout loss. We wanted that extra point so I would expect nobody to be happy.”
The Ducks had been 2-0 in games decided after 60 minutes this season.
"You can't get too high and you can't get too low," Ducks forward Corey Perry said. "You get your one point and it's unfortunate we didn't get the second one, but you take this and you build off of it. I think we did a lot of good things and we just could tighten up in a couple of areas.”
The Ducks have gone 3-2-1 in the first six games of the road swing, earning seven of a possible 12 points (.583 win percentage). Under Bruce Boudreau, who will be behind the bench for his 450th career NHL game on Saturday night, Anaheim has earned points in four straight games (3-0-1) and in 11 of its last 13 (10-2-1). In those 13 games, the club has outscored its opposition, 42-29 (shootout goals not included). Anaheim leads the NHL in 5-on-5 scoring with 36 goals in even-strength situations. In addition, the Ducks' 41 goals overall rank sixth among NHL teams this season while their 34.1 shots-per-game rank third in the NHL.
Sabres: Buffalo lost 2-0 against the New York Rangers on Thursday. It was the 12th time in 15 games they scored two goals or fewer and the eighth time they scored one goal or fewer. Miller made 44 saves in the loss.
"I understand we've got younger guys but you have to have a certain control of the game where you have to play together and work hard for each other and get out of situations," Miller said. "It's up to us to dig out of this and have the right attitude and right approach. It's been a lot of games searching, trying to figure it out. Enough is enough.”
The Sabres have scored 23 goals in 15 games for an average of 1.6 per game.
“Ryan made some extraordinary saves. He really kept us in the game. It could have been more than 2-0," forward Matt Moulson said.
Who's hot: Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf has 5-7=13 points with a +7 rating over his last 11 games. Getzlaf scored goals in back-to-back contests (2-1=3) on Oct. 25 and 27 and his three GWG this season co-lead the NHL. In addition, Getzlaf is currently on pace for 32 goals this season, which would establish a career best (25, set twice). Getzlaf leads the club in assists and is tied for the team lead in points. ... Moulson, who had two goals in his Sabres debut Monday, has six goals in his past six games.
Injury report: The Ducks will be missing a lot of bodies as Teemu Selanne (mouth), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist), Matt Beleskey (upper body), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Jakob Silfverberg (hand) and Saku Koivu (head) all are on injured reserve. ... The Sabres will be without Corey Tropp (jaw) and Mike Weber (upper body) due to injuries, while John Scott is suspended.
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