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Preview: Sabres looking to close out road trip with a win in Anaheim

The Sabres will attempt to secure their second consecutive victory in the final game of their Western Conference road trip

NHL: Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Game 9

Buffalo Sabres (4-4) at Anaheim Ducks (5-2-1)

Puck Drop: 8:00 PM | Honda Center | Anaheim


Radio: WGR550

SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling

Know your Opponent

Anaheim Ducks

Record: 5-2-1 | 11 PTS

Last 10: 5-2-1

Division Ranking: 1st in the Pacific Division

Conference Ranking: 3rd in the Western Conference

PP: 12th (25.0%)

PK: 15th (81.5%)

What to Watch

1.) Even-Strength Scoring

Yesterday afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings the Sabres were able to score four goals at even-strength (adding one empty-netter). That result was a breath of fresh air after the team only managed eight goals at even-strength over their first seven games.

Can Phil Housley’s new-look line combinations repeat their offensive success for a second consecutive game?

2.) Sabres Power-Play

Though they only had one opportunity with the man-advantage against the Kings, the Sabres have only scored one power-play goal in their last 22 opportunities. That level of futility is simply unacceptable considering how much offensive talent they have, particularly on the first unit.

3.) A Familiar Face in Net

Former Sabres’ goaltender, Ryan Miller will appear between the pipes for the Ducks this evening. At 38 years old, he was sensational for Anaheim in reserve duty last season, posting a .928 save-percentage in 28 appearances. He’ll look to maintain that level of play in what could very well be his last season in the NHL.

4.) Kariya Jersey Retirement

The Ducks will honor forward, Paul Kariya in a pregame ceremony to retire his number (#9). In 606 career games with Anaheim he posted 669 points, ranking him fourth all-time in franchise history.

Buffalo Sabres projected lines

Jeff Skinner - Jack Eichel - Jason Pominville

Conor Sheary - Vladmir Sobotka - Sam Reinhart

Evan Rodrigues - Casey Mittelstadt - Kyle Okposo

Johan Larsson - Patrik Berglund - Zemgus Girgensons

Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen

Marco Scandella - Casey Nelson

Zach Bogosian - Rasmus Dahlin

Starting Goaltender: Carter Hutton (unconfirmed)

Anaheim Ducks Projected Lines

Isac Lundestrom - Ryan Getzlaf - Rickard Rakell

Maxime Comtois - Adam Henrique - Pontus Aberg

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Kiefer Sherwood

Ben Street - Sam Steel - Brian Gibbons

Cam Fowler - Josh Manson

Hampus Lindholm - Brandon Montour

Marcus Pettersson - Luke Schenn

Starting Goaltender: Ryan Miller