Ducks Seek Win in Final Game before Christmas
Tuesday, 12.21.2010 / 1:29 PM
NHL.comDUCKS (18-15-4) at SABRES (13-16-4)
: Anaheim 5-4-1; Buffalo 5-4-1.
: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Jan. 19, when Anaheim earned a 5-4 victory at Honda Center.
: Jonas Hiller
stole the show Monday night, when he made 45 saves to lead the Ducks to a 3-0 victory at Boston. The win pulled Anaheim within three points of first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.
"If we play like that every single game, with guys out there blocking shots, we've got a good chance to win," Hiller said.
: Rookie Brandon McMillan
had his first career multi-point game to help Anaheim snap a two-game skid on a season-high, seven-game road trip. Lubomir Visnovsky
and Corey Perry
also scored and Teemu Selanne
had two assists for the Ducks, who play in Buffalo on Tuesday. It was Hiller's second shutout of the season and eighth of his career.
"Jonas was in a zone and really stole the show," Ducks forward Bobby Ryan
said of his goaltender.
: Buffalo is hoping to avoid its third straight loss following Saturday's 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay. Jason Pominville had a goal and Ryan Miller made 34 saves after allowing four goals on 10 shots in the first period of a 6-2 loss Friday night at Florida.
"It's disappointing," Sabres right wing Mike Grier said of the consecutive losses. "We were playing fairly well coming in, but we dug ourselves a hole."
: Teemu Selanne
had two assists Monday night, while Corey Perry
scored shorthanded for his 17th goal of the season. … Pominville has goals in three straight games and points in six of his last seven.
: Aaron Voros
(orbital bone) is out for the Ducks. … Sabres defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is out indefinitely with a concussion.
: Anaheim defenseman Andreas Lilja
played in his 500th game, and Ryan Getzlaf
played in game No. 400 on Monday.