NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, October 24th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (3-4-0-0) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2-4-0-1), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim target their third straight
win tonight when they continue a three-game homestand against the Buffalo
Sabres at the Pond.
Anaheim, though, is winless in its last seven against the Sabres (0-5-2),
dating back to January 1, 1999. The Ducks have also not beaten Buffalo in
their own arena since January 10, 1997.
After starting the year with five straight losses, Anaheim has reeled off
consecutive wins after Rob Niedermayer scored the game-winner just over a
minute into overtime, as the Mighty Ducks erased the third period heroics of
Philadelphia's Tony Amonte for a 4-3 victory over the Flyers on Wednesday.
Amonte scored with less than a second remaining in the third period, tying the
game at 3-3 off a feed from Mark Recchi behind the net. His shot just made it
over the crease as time on the clock expired, sending the contest into the
But Niedermayer stuck a dagger into the Philly comeback when he scored off a
pass from Anaheim captain Steve Rucchin just 1:10 into overtime. Rucchin made
a nice backhand play beneath the right circle, sending the pass in front for
Niedermayer, who wrested it away from Philadelphia defenseman Eric Weinrich
for the goal.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 32 saves in net for the Ducks, including two in
overtime. Sergei Fedorov, Vaclav Prospal and Petr Sykora tallied the other
goals for Anaheim, which is 2-4-0-1 on the year.
Buffalo, meanwhile, will attempt to reach the .500 mark this evening after
routing the Los Angeles Kings, 5-1, last night. Taylor Pyatt scored twice and
Curtis Brown added a goal and an assist to lead the attack, as the Sabres
improved to 2-2 on their current six-game road trip.
Martin Biron made 25 saves for Buffalo, which won for just the third time in
seven games to begin the season (3-4).
Miroslav Satan has a power-play goal in his last three games, while Chris
Drury is riding a five-game point streak.
Buffalo could be at an advantage this evening, as the road team in this series
is 6-1-2 in the last nine meetings.
10/24 10:17:10 ET