Buffalo Sabres vs. Anaheim Ducks preview: Monday afternoon hockey

It's Columbus Day, meaning that the Sabres have afternoon hockey despite many still having to work.

Game #3

Buffalo Sabres (0-2-0) vs.
Anaheim Ducks (1-1-0)

Puck Drop: 3:00 pm EST | First Niagara Center | Buffalo, NY
TV: MSG, Bell-TV | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Anaheim Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling

Three Questions

1. How will Tyson Strachan look in his first game as a Sabre?

Strachan moves into the lineup in place of Andrej Meszaros, who didn't have the best game against Chicago on Saturday. Will Strachan be any better, or will he prove that he belongs in Rochester once Mark Pysyk and Jake McCabe return from injuries?

2. Can Zemgus Girgensons continue his hot start?

The Sabres have three goals in their first two games, and two of those were scored by Girgensons in impressive manner, Expecting another goal may be asking for a lot, but will Zemgus at least continue to play at the level he's started at?

3. Can the Sabres earn their first win?

The Ducks are going to be one of the best teams in the West this season, so it will be tough for the Sabres to earn their first win this afternoon. Can they pull a rabbit out of the hat to erase the egg in the win column?

Projected Buffalo lines

Moulson - Ennis - Stafford
Hodgson - Girgensons - Gionta
Foligno - Reinhart - Stewart
Deslauriers- McCormick - Mitchell

Gorges - Myers
Benoit - Strachan
Ristolainen - Weber

Goal: Michal Neuvirth

Scratches/Injuries: Flynn, Kaleta, McCabe, Meszaros, Pysyk, Zadorov