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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 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 62 38 17 7 182 174 83
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 62 37 20 5 183 146 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 60 29 19 12 162 153 70
9 CGY 61 33 24 4 174 158 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 DAL 61 27 25 9 191 202 63
12 COL 61 26 24 11 161 175 63
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 59 19 39 9 58
C. Perry 47 24 17 12 41
R. Kesler 62 15 22 -4 37
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
P. Maroon 54 7 21 -3 28
H. Lindholm 59 6 22 19 28
J. Silfverberg 61 9 17 7 26
C. Fowler 61 5 21 -5 26
K. Palmieri 37 12 11 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 6 5 0 .915 2.69

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