The Anaheim Ducks will conclude a back-to-back on Tuesday when visiting the Buffalo Sabres after playing on the road Monday in the nation's capital against the Washington Capitals. Anaheim is third in the Pacific Division at 13-8-4 with 30 points. The Ducks trail second-place Edmonton by 2 points and first place Calgary by five points. Anaheim was defeated by the Calgary Flames on Friday night 4-3 which snapped a two-game winning streak for the Ducks. Max Comtois, Ryan Getzlaf, and Max Jones are out, while Adam Henrique is questionable.
Buffalo is 6th in the Atlantic division at 8-13-3 with 19 points. The Sabres are six points behind their closest competitor the Boston Bruins and 18 points behind the first-place Florida Panthers. Buffalo has lost each of its last four with its most recent defeat 6-2 at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday. Buffalo continues to give up too many goals as the Sabres are next to last in the NHL in goals against per game. Craig Anderson, Drake Caggiula, Dustin Tokarski, and Alex Tuch are out for Buffalo, while Robert Hagg and Malcolm Subban are questionable.
Anaheim playing well in the attack ZoneThe Anaheim Ducks are scoring an average of 3.32 goals per game and part of that strength in scoring is thanks to its power play as the Ducks are third in the NHL, scoring 27.4 percent of the time with the man advantage. Troy Terry is leading Anaheim in goals scored with 15 and the next closest goal scorer for the Ducks is Rickard Rakell with 8. Ryan Getzlaf is the leader in assists with 19 but the center is currently sidelined with an injury. The overall points leader is Terry with 25 and with Getzlaf (20) out, the next closest is Trevor Zegras with 19 points.
Anaheim’s blue line and goaltenders are holding their own as the Ducks are allowing an average of only 2.88 goals per game which is 16th in the NHL. Anaheim has the 6th best penalty-kill unit with a success rate of 85.1% when shorthanded. Goalie John Gibson is 10-6-3 with a 2.68 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. In 19 appearances, Gibson has one shutout.
Buffalo's Goaltending hurt my InjuriesThe Buffalo Sabres are 31st in the NHL in goals allowed with an average of 3.75 goals per game. Part of that problem is the Sabres have a poor penalty-kill unit that is 23rd in the NHL with a success rate of 78.3% when shorthanded. Injuries have decimated the goaltending corps for Buffalo. Goalies Craig Anderson and Dustin Tokarski are sidelined with injuries and Malcolm Subban is questionable for Tuesday's outing, after just one game in goal for the Sabres. Aaron Dell is 0-5-0 with a 4.52 goals-against average and .872 save percentage in 7 appearances in the net.
Buffalo is scoring an average of only 2.88 goals per game and cannot keep up with the number of goals the Sabres are giving up. Buffalo's power play is 11th in the NHL scoring at a rate of 20.6% of the time with the man advantage. Tage Thompson is the leading goal scorer for Buffalo with 10, while Jeff Skinner has 8. Rasmus Dahlin is the leader in assists for Buffalo with 12 and Kyle Okposo is the overall points leader for the Sabres with 17.
- Buffalo is 1-5 in the last six at home
- The Sabres are 17-47 in the last 64 overall
- Anaheim is 11-5 in the last 16
- The Ducks are 7-0 in the last seven against a team with a losing record