NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, January 2nd
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (13-15-4-5) at Buffalo Sabres (15-19-3-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim go for their third-straight
victory tonight when they travel to Buffalo to face the Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Martin Gerber stopped 17 shots as the Mighty Ducks beat the Carolina
Hurricanes 3-1 at the RBC Center on Wednesday. Andy McDonald, Ruslan Salei and
Sergei Fedorov each contributed goals for Anaheim.
Anaheim scored twice to snap a 1-1 tie as Salei's goal at 6:56 of the second
period redirected off the boards on an angle and slipped into a wide open net.
Kevin Weekes, out of his crease to play it, couldn't recover.
Tonight's contest is the fifth test of a six-game trip for the Ducks, who
are 5-10-2-3 on the road this season. Anaheim wraps up the swing on Saturday
night in Detroit.
Maxim Afinogenov and Miroslav Satan both notched hat tricks to lead Buffalo to
a 7-1 win over Washington at HSBC Arena on Wednesday. Andrew Peters added his
first career NHL goal and Martin Biron made 25 saves for the Sabres, who won
for the third time in four games overall and posted their third straight win
Dmitri Kalinin and Derek Roy both finished with two assists for the Sabres,
who are unbeaten in their last three at home (2-0-1).
Biron, who was 1-7-2 in his 10 previous starts, won for the first time in
December. He has seen little action of late, but was pressed into duty because
Mika Noronen is on injured reserve with a groin injury.
Satan and Afinogenov became the first Sabres to both score three goals in a
game since Alexander Mogilny and Yuri Khmylev accomplished the feat December
Satan has four goals and two assists in the last three games and is a plus-
four during that stretch.
The Sabres are unbeaten in the last eight meetings (6-0-2) with the Ducks and
are 1-0-2 in the last three matchups at HSBC Arena. This season, Buffalo
pounded the Mighty Ducks, 5-2, in Anaheim on October 24.
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