NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 19th (All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (30-11-6) at Anaheim Ducks (22-20-7), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It has been nearly a month since the Buffalo Sabres last lost in regulation, but their 11-game point streak figures to face a stiff test tonight at the Honda Center against an Anaheim Ducks club this is aiming for its eighth straight home win.
The Sabres have gone 8-0-3 since they lost to the Capitals on December 23, including a 7-2 win over the Coyotes on Monday. Buffalo's tear has helped it match Washington for the most points in the Eastern Conference with 66 points, good enough for a 12-point edge for first place in the Northeast Division.
"I don't think a lot of people expected it at the start of the year but we believed, and we still do," Jason Pominville told NHL.com. "We're doing things the right way and we've got to keep that going."
Pominville helped the Sabres set a season-high in goals on Monday, scoring twice and posting an assist in a triumph over the Coyotes. The victory improved Buffalo to 2-0-1 on its current seven-game road trip, its longest of the season.
Thomas Vanek and Jochen Hecht each had a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller made 24 saves for the Sabres. Tim Connolly had three assists to extend the NHL's longest individual point streak to a career-high 12 games, a run in which he has posted five goals and 14 assists.
If the Sabres are to extend their impressive run, they will need to hand the Ducks their first loss at home since December 6. In addition to its seven-game home winning streak, Anaheim is 10-1-2 in its last 13 at the Honda Center.
Despite missing both Teemu Selanne (fractured jaw) and Saku Koivu (sprained right knee), the Ducks won for the sixth time in seven games overall with a 5-4 decision over the Flames on Sunday.
Bobby Ryan scored the go-ahead goal, as Anaheim beat Calgary for the 11th straight time at home. Corey Perry also scored in the third period, Dan Sexton chipped in with a goal and an assist and both Evgeny Artyukhin and Troy Bodie scored. Bodie notched the first goal of his NHL career.
"It was nip and tuck, every inch and every bounce," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "It was one those games where in the beginning I thought it might be a 6-5 or 8-7 game. We found a way. Once we got settled down in the third, our big guys delivered for us."
Jonas Hiller stopped 33 shots for the Ducks, who have vaulted up to 11th in the Western Conference with 51 points, two back of 10th-place Dallas.
The Ducks, who begin a season-high six-game road trip on Thursday, have won three straight over the Sabres, including a pair of 3-2 victories last season. That includes back-to-back home wins over Buffalo after dropping six in a row to the Sabres as the host.
01/19 10:49:53 ET