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The Anaheim Ducks make their annual visit to Buffalo tonight to face the Sabres

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Game #53

Buffalo Sabres (14-29-9) vs. Anaheim Ducks (25-19-10)

Season Series: 1-0 Sabres

10/15 - Sabres 3 | Ducks 1 (recap)

Puck drop: 7:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY


Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Ducks blog: Anaheim Calling

What to Watch

1. Hockey is for Everyone Night

Tonight the Sabres will host their Hockey is for Everyone night. Every NHL team will host one of these nights in the month of February. Ryan O’Reilly and Zach Bogosian will be the Sabres ambassadors this evening. You can find out all the details here.

2. Still looking for 1,000

The Sabres have been stuck on 999 home wins for a while now. They’ve lost four straight at home and six of their last seven.

3. Lineup changes

Phil Housley is shuffling the lines again offensively. Also, Victor Antipin will be a healthy scratch and Justin Falk will return to the lineup on the blue line.

Know Your Opponent

1. Back to Back

The Ducks were in Toronto last night and were handed a 7-4 loss by the Leafs. They wrap up their five-game east coast trip tonight against the Sabres. They’ve gone 1-3 so far on the trip and have lost three straight.

2. Gibson back?

Ryan Miller played last night in Toronto and there’s some belief that the Ducks will get back their starting goaltender John Gibson tonight. He’s been out the last few games with a lower-body injury. If Gibson doesn’t go it’ll Miller or Reto Berra in goal.

3. Ricky

When you think of the Ducks you think of the big two in Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. Also, players like Cam Fowler and Ryan Kesler come to mind. This season the leading force for the Duck has been 24-year-old Rickard Rakell. He has 21 goals and 44 points in 49 games this season. He comes into tonight red hot with eight points in his last five games. Including a three-point game last night in Toronto.

Projected Lineup

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 15 Jack Eichel - 23 Sam Reinhart

9 Evander Kane - 90 Ryan O’Reilly - 21 Kyle Okposo

20 Scott Wilson - 71 Evan Rodrigues - 29 Jason Pominville

67 Benoit Pouliot - 10 Jacob Josefson - 17 Jordan Nolan

6 Marco Scandella - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

41 Justin Falk - 19 Jake McCabe

82 Nathan Beaulieu - 8 Casey Nelson

Starting Goaltender: 40 Robin Lehner