clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Sabres vs. Ducks Preview: If The Game Isn't Televised, Does It Really Exist

This game is brought to you by the fine folks at Versus. Due to the exclusivity that Versus has with the Capitals and Devils, Versus has exclusive rights to the US television market. It means that the only way to watch this game is to be at the HSBC Arena. 

In terms of the actual game, the only change in the lineup comes from Tim Connolly who went through reconstructive facial surgery after his hit on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Luke Adam has been called up from Portland and will most likely play against the Ducks. 

The Sabres need to find the back of the net as the team has scored three goals in their last two games. This problem has hampered this team all season and right now, there is no hope in sight. The roster freeze is in effect and there will be no major changes to the lineup from now until the end of the holidays. Ryan Miller is expected to be in net for the Sabres even though he has played in the last two games on the road. 

For the Anaheim Ducks, they are coming off a 3-0 victory over the Boston Bruins and with Hiller being in net last night, it would not be surprising to see Curtis McElhinney in net for the Ducks. This would be the 16th time this season that the Sabres would see the backup goaltender if it were the case. The Ducks have some dangerous pieces to their offense with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf leading the way. Perry has 16 goals on the season and Getzlaf has 13 goals while the Ducks average 3.00 goals/game on the road. 

The last two times these two teams met was January 19, 2010, a 5-4 victory for the Ducks at Honda Center. The game saw the Ducks score four goals in the first 10:26 of the game against backup goaltender Patrick Lalime

Game time is 7:00 pm and found on WGR 550 on the radio.