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Game 56: Ducks Visit Buffalo

By Michael Walters

Anaheim(22-26-7) at Buffalo(24-23-8) 

Pregame Show: DucksNPucks Podcast

TV: 12:00 PM PT/3:00 PM ET, Fox Sports West

Radio & Post Game Show: KLAA AM 830

Anaheim Outlook

Anaheim lost their previous game 5-4 to Toronto in overtime. The Ducks rallied twice in the third to force overtime but ultimately lost in the extra session. The Ducks are 2-0-2 on their current road trip. Anaheim is 10-16-4 on the road this season. The Ducks are 5-3-2 in their last 10 games.

The Anaheim Ducks will close out their road trip against the Buffalo Sabres. The Ducks beat the Sabres back in October by a score of 5-2. Anaheim got down 2-0 early in the game, but then scored five unanswered goals to win the contest. This will be the second and final meeting of the season between these two teams.

Adam Henrique leads the team with 18 goals.

Team News:

Erik Gudbranson was placed on the IR. He was seen with his arm in a sling per the Athletic’s Eric Stephens. He is headed back to California to get re-evaluated.

Ondrej Kase was scratched due to the flu per the Ducks.

Brendan Guhle and Josh Mahura were recalled from San Diego.

Kiefer Sherwood was reassigned to San Diego.

Projected Lineup

Offense:
Rickard Rakell – Ryan GetzlafDevin Shore
Nick RitchieAdam HenriqueTroy Terry
Max JonesSam SteelJakob Silfverberg
Nicolas DeslauriersDerek Grant – Carter Rowney

Defense:
Hampus LindholmJosh Mahura
Cam FowlerJosh Manson
Brendan GuhleKorbinian Holzer

In Net:
Ryan Miller 6-5-3 GAA 2.99, SV% .908 (Confirmed)

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Buffalo Outlook

The Sabres are currently in sixth place in the Atlantic Division. There are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games. They are coming off a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. They built a 3-0 lead and held off the Rangers to edge them by one goal.

Buffalo averages 2.84 goals per game and 3.11 goals against. Their power play is 18.8% efficient and their penalty kill is 74.2% efficient.

Jack Eichel leads the team each in scoring with 31 goals.

Projected Lineup 

Offense:
Jimmy VeseyJack EichelSam Reinhart
Conor ShearyMarcus JohanssonMichael Frolik
Jeff SkinnerCurtis LazarEvan Rodrigues
Zemgus GirgensonsJohan LarssonScott Wilson

Defense:
Rasmus DahlinColin Miller
Brandon MontourRasmus Ristolainen
Jake McCabeHenri Jokiharju

In Net
Jonas Johansson 0-0-1, GAA 2.58, SV% .886 (Confirmed)

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February 9th, 2020

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