NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 8th
(All times eastern)
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (12-12-4) at Buffalo Sabres (17-10-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to continue their hottest stretch of
the season tonight when they welcome the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to HSBC
Buffalo has won six of the last seven games, including Sunday's 6-4 triumph
over host Colorado. Derek Roy scored the game-winning goal while on the power
play with 2:27 remaining in the game to lift the Sabres to the decision.
Jason Pominville and Jochen Hecht both tallied a goal and an assist and Paul
Gaustad scored for Buffalo. Goaltender Martin Biron made 25 saves for the
Buffalo has drawn within seven points of first-place Ottawa in the Northeast
Division, sitting in a second-place tie with Montreal.
The Sabres, who are 10-6-2 on home ice, will visit Minnesota on Sunday.
Anaheim, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having a four-game win streak
snapped in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to Carolina. Kevyn Adams had a natural hat trick
to lead the Hurricanes.
Rob Niedermayer and Francois Beauchemin each had a goal and an assist for the
Mighty Ducks. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov allowed three goals on 14 shots before
being pulled halfway through the second period. Jean-Sebastien Giguere came in
to relieve Bryzgalov and made 14 saves.
Giguere saw his first action after missing six games with a groin injury.
The Mighty Ducks, who are 2-6-2 on the road, begin a three-game trip tonight
and will visit Montreal on Saturday.
Buffalo won both meetings with Anaheim in 2003-04, and is 7-0-2 in the last
nine clashes overall.
The Ducks are 0-2-2 in their last four trips to Buffalo.
12/08 10:31:07 ET