Game 7: Ducks Host Sabres

By Michael Walters

Buffalo(5-0-1) at Anaheim(4-2-0) 

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Anaheim Outlook

The Anaheim Ducks return home to Honda Center after going 2-2-0 on their first road trip of the season. The Ducks beat Detroit and Columbus but lost to Pittsburgh and Boston.

Despite giving up four goals in Boston, the Ducks had a strong game against the Bruins. Anaheim carried the play for a majority of the game and had better chances, but just couldn’t convert. The penalty kill remains solid, but the power play still has yet to find the back of the net. The Ducks will have another strong test tonight against a Buffalo team that has yet to lose in regulation.

Cam Fowler, Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell, and Jakob Silfverberg all lead the team in scoring with two goals.

Injury/Roster Updates:

Brendan Guhle(lower-body injury) did not play in Columbus or Boston and is day-to-day.

Isac Lundestrom was reassigned to San Diego.

Projected Lineup (No Morning Skate)

Nick RitchieSam SteelTroy Terry
Rickard RakellAdam Henrique – Jakob Silfverberg
Max ComtoisRyan GetzlafOndrej Kase
Max JonesDerek Grant – Carter Rowney

Hampus LindholmJosh Manson
Michael Del Zotto –  Cam Fowler
Jacob LarssonKorbinian Holzer

In Net:
John Gibson 3-2-0, GAA 1.82, SV% .941(Confirmed)

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Buffalo Outlook

The Buffalo Sabres are off to an extremely hot start at 5-0-1. They have scored three or more goals in five of their six games so far. The Sabres have scored 24 goals, which is 7th best in the league. They average four goals per game, which is 4th best overall.

Buffalo has the best power play in the league at a crazy 42.9% efficiency. Conversely, their penalty kill is ranked toward the bottom of the league at 76.5% efficiency. The Sabres do have trouble in the face-off circle only winning 48.3% of their draws.

Victor Olofsson leads the team with five goals. Jeff Skinner has four goals of his own.

Injury/Roster Updates:

Former Duck Brandon Montour(hand) is out for several weeks. Zach Bogosian and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen are out indefinitely as both are recovering from hip surgery.

Projected Lineup 

Victor OlofssonJack EichelSam Reinhart
Jeff SkinnerMarcus JohanssonVladimir Sobotka
Jimmy VeseyCasey MittelstadtEvan Rodrigues
Zemgus GirgensonsJohan LarssonKyle Okposo

Jake McCabeRasmus Ristolainen
Rasmus DahlinColin Miller
Marco ScandellaHenri Jokiharju

In Net
Carter Hutton 4-0-0, GAA 1.74, SV% .931(Unconfirmed)

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October 16th, 2019


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