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Morning Report: Ducks Face Familiar Foe

Friday, 11.08.2013 / 3:21 PM / News
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Morning Report: Ducks Face Familiar Foe
Anaheim\u2019s three-game homestand continues tonight with a matchup against a familiar opponent, the Buffalo Sabres.
Photos from the morning skate
By Kyle Shohara

Anaheim’s three-game homestand continues tonight with a matchup against a familiar opponent, the Buffalo Sabres.

The Ducks earned a 6-3 victory over the Sabres in the series opener on November 2 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Corey Perry scored twice, Ryan Getzlaf had three points (1g/2a) and Emerson Etem recorded his first career multi-goal game.

But now the scene shifts out west where the Sabres (3-14-1) conclude a three-game California road trip. Buffalo’s first two games were against the Sharks (5-4 shootout victory) and Kings (2-0 loss).

Despite Buffalo’s record, the Ducks know how dangerous the Sabres can be.
“They’re a team that, if you’re not ready to play, they’re going to come back and bite you,” said Perry. “We know how well they play. They played well on this road trip, and you’ve got to be ready from the start and go from there.”

“We’ve all been a part of teams that have struggled,” said linemate Dustin Penner. “It’s not easy, especially last night being shutout. We want to have a good start tonight and not give them any confidence by letting them score the first goal.”

“It’s always beneficial once you’ve played a team and you can see some of their tendencies,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “But there are still an awful lot of unknown names in the Buffalo lineup that we really don’t know too much about. They might’ve had a bad game against us or not. Plus, they have Ryan Miller in net tonight. The last time he was in here, he stopped 40-plus shots and they won 2-0.”

The Ducks enter tonight’s game on an active six-game home winning streak, which marks the most consecutive home wins to start a season in franchise history. Anaheim has outscored the opposition 26-10 (excluding one shootout goal) at Honda Center during the streak. Standing in the way is a Sabres squad that has three wins on the season, all coming on the road.

“Any time you’re in the top of the league and you think you’re something, it comes back to bite you,” said Boudreau. “Watching the San Jose game against Buffalo, and the L.A. game, you take away the power-play goals last night, and they’re right there. They’re feeling pretty good about themselves. The team scares me because I think they’re on the way up, trending upward, and we had a day off yesterday and just finished a big divisional game against Phoenix.”

The Ducks credit their fans for giving them an added boost, and will look to draw from their energy again tonight.

“They’ve showed up each and every game here, and that helps us out a lot,” said Emerson Etem. “They’ve been loud and it’s been helping our confidence. It’s always fun playing here. You’re happy to come to the rink. It’s a great atmosphere.”

“We like playing in front of our fans,” said Perry. “This is a building we don’t want to lose in all year. If you win your fair share of home games, you’re going to be all right.”

Dustin Penner – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
Devante Smith-Pelly – Mathieu Perreault – Teemu Selanne
Emerson Etem – Nick Bonino – Kyle Palmieri
Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell – Daniel Winnik

Frederik Andersen is expected to start in net tonight. The 24-year-old rookie is 4-0-0 with a 1.36 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his first four career NHL contests. Andersen is one of only two Ducks goaltenders to win their first four NHL games (also Viktor Fasth in 2012-13). In addition, he’s only the third active NHL goaltender to win his first four appearances, joining Fasth last season and Kari Lehtonen for Atlanta in March-April, 2004.

Andersen leads NHL rookie netminders in wins, GAA, SV% and appearances this season (min. 2 games).

NOTE: Tonight will mark Teemu Selanne's 1,400th career NHL game.

The Ducks are 9-14-4 all-time vs. the Sabres, including a 5-8-0 mark at Honda Center. Selanne leads active Ducks skaters in career scoring against the Sabres, earning 28 points (7g/21a) in 26 games.




1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
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 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
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


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
F. Andersen 29 8 5 .916 2.37
J. Gibson 8 5 0 .920 2.51 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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