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Morning Report: Ducks Ready for Buffalo

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 1:44 PM / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Ready for Buffalo
The Ducks went through a brisk morning skate at First Niagara Center in preparation for a Saturday night showdown against the Buffalo Sabres.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks went through a brisk morning skate at First Niagara Center in preparation for a Saturday night showdown against the Buffalo Sabres.

Expect the Ducks to dress the same lineup from two nights ago in Boston, which means goaltender Jonas Hiller will get his third consecutive start in net. Hiller is 5-2-1 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

Anaheim is 3-2-1 on its season long eight-game, 15-day road trip, and has earned points in four straight (3-0-1), but the team isn’t completely satisfied with the performance.

"They want to win every game,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau after Thursday’s 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.”

We’ll see if that emotion carries over into tonight’s game against the struggling Sabres. Buffalo is a league-worst 2-12-1 and has yet to win at home (0-7-1). In addition, the Sabres have been outscored 43-23 and have lost three in a row. However, there are no guarantees in the NHL, so the Ducks will have to be sharp in order to come out of Buffalo with two points.

Earlier this morning, the Sabres announced the club placed forward Patrick Kaleta on waivers. The 27-year-old just finished his 10-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson. Kaleta was eligible to return tonight against the Ducks.

NOTE: Boudreau will be behind the bench for his 450th career NHL game tonight.

EXPECTED LINE COMBINATIONS
Patrick Maroon – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Dustin Penner – Nick Bonino – Devante Smith-Pelly
Andrew Cogliano – Mathieu Perreault – Kyle Palmieri
Daniel Winnik – Peter Holland – Emerson Etem

Hampus Lindholm – Francois Beauchemin
Cam Fowler – Ben Lovejoy
Bryan Allen – Sami Vatanen

DUCKS-SABRES
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 in Buffalo came on Feb. 24, 2009 in a 3-2 victory. Mathieu Perreault leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring against the Sabres, earning six points (2g/4a) 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 61 20 41 12 61
C. Perry 49 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 64 16 23 -2 39
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 56 7 21 -4 28
H. Lindholm 61 6 22 18 28
J. Silfverberg 63 9 18 8 27
C. Fowler 63 5 21 -1 26
R. Rakell 53 5 19 4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51

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