NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, February 2nd
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (26-19-5) at Anaheim Ducks (25-22-5), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to cap their longest road trip
of the season with a victory when they visit the Anaheim Ducks for tonight's
interconference battle at the Honda Center.
The Sabres are 3-2-0 on a six-game swing and are now 13-10-3 as the visiting
team this season. After tonight, Buffalo will play two straight and five of
its next six games on home ice, beginning with Wednesday's divisional battle
The high point so far on the trip for Buffalo came in a 10-2 blowout win
against Edmonton last Tuesday, but the Sabres also earned an impressive win on
Saturday night in Phoenix. Ryan Miller logged his fourth shutout of the season
with 28 saves, as the Sabres handed the Coyotes a 2-0 loss.
Daniel Paille and Tim Connolly got the goals for Buffalo. Paille's goal was
his fifth of the season and his first since December 22, ending a 15-game
Thomas Vanek added an assist in the win to push his scoring streak to six
games. He has two goals and seven assists during the run.
The Ducks had an up-and-down January, posting a 6-7-1 record during the month.
However, Anaheim did close the month by winning two of its last three games
and is coming off Saturday's close win at Colorado.
Teemu Selanne netted the game-winner early in the third period, as the Ducks
edged the Avalanche, 4-3, at Pepsi Center. Selanne was appearing in his 617th
career game as a Duck, passing Steve Rucchin for the all-time lead in
Ryan Getzlaf and Scott Niedermayer both registered a goal and two assists for
the Ducks, who had lost five of their previous seven games. Jonas Hiller
recorded 34 saves to earn the win.
Niedermayer extended his point streak to five games, while Bobby Ryan added an
assist to push his run to seven games. Ryan, a leading candidate for the
Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, has 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists)
in 34 games this season.
The Ducks are just 13-11-3 as the host club this season and have lost two
straight and three of their last four home games.
Buffalo is 8-1 with a pair of ties in the last 11 meetings with the Ducks, but
Anaheim won the last time the clubs met on December 5 of last season at the
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