Preview: Sabres Open West Coast Trip in Anaheim
#SabresAfterDark opens in Anaheim tonight
Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) vs. Anaheim Ducks (4-2-0)
Puck Drop: 10:00 PM EST | Honda Center | Anaheim, CA
Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Ducks Blog: Anaheim Calling
Know Your Opponent
Record: (4-2-0) | 8 PTS
Last 10: 4-2-0
Division Ranking: 2nd in Pacific Division
Conference Ranking: 4th in Western Conference
PP: 31st (0.0%)
PK: 9th (84.2%)
What to Watch
Honestly, how much of a treat is it to watch Victor Olofsson play hockey? It’s made even better by the fact that he’s doing so in a Sabres uniform. Monday, Olofsson broke the NHL record by scoring his seventh career NHL goal on the power play; all of his career NHL goals have come on the man advantage. He’s a force to be reckoned with and boy, is he pretty good at hockey.
2. Power Play Stats
The Sabres are the best team in the league on the power play (42.9%).
Meanwhile, the Ducks haven’t recorded a power-play goal yet this season.
3. How Many Goals?
Tonight’s opponent is an interesting one. The Ducks have allowed only 10 goals against this season in six games, which is one of the best in the NHL (behind only Philadelphia (8) and Arizona & NYR (9)). At the same time, the Ducks are also one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league, putting up 13 goals so far. Comparatively, the Sabres have put up 24 goals, and the league-leading Predators & Maple Leafs have 28 each.
Buffalo Sabres (projected)
Victor Olofsson - Jack Eichel - Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner - Marcus Johansson - Vladimir Sobotka
Zemgus Girgensons - Johan Larsson - Kyle Okposo
Jimmy Vesey - Casey Mittelstadt - Evan Rodrigues
Jake McCabe - Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella - Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Dahlin - Colin Miller
Starting Goaltender (projected): Linus Ullmark
Anaheim Ducks (projected)
Nick Ritchie - Sam Steel - Troy Terry
Rickard Rakell - Adam Henrique - Jakob Silfverberg
Maxime Comtois - Ryan Getzlaf - Ondrej Kase
Max Jones - Derek Grant - Carter Rowney
Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson
Michael Del Zotto - Cam Fowler
Jacob Larsson - Korbinian Holzer
(Former Sabres D Brendan Guhle may be a scratch).
Starting Goaltender: John Gibson