The Sabres start a three-game road trip in Anaheim

Buffalo is one point out of the league lead in the standings

Paul Hamilton
October 16, 2019 - 1:43 pm

Photo: Jake Roth - USA TODAY Sports


(WGR 550) - Both the Sabres and the Ducks are in the same situation as they get ready to play in Anaheim. Both teams played in the east on Monday afternoon and both teams flew to California right after their games were over.

The Sabres played their most complete game of the season, shutting down Dallas 4-0. As for the Ducks, they went to 4-2-0 after losing to the Bruins.

Buffalo is second in the NHL with 11 points, supporting a 5-0-1 record. Carolina has one more point at 6-1-0.

The Sabres are tied for fourth in league goal scoring with Toronto, averaging 4.00 goals per-game. Victor Olofsson is fifth in goals with five, and is second in the league with five power play goals.

Rasmus Dahlin has seven assists, which ranks him seventh overall. Jack Eichel’s nine points has him ninth in league scoring.

Both these teams are winning because they’re getting great goaltending. Both Carter Hutton and Linus Ullmark have .931 save percentages. In his one game, former Sabre Ryan Miller has a .963 save percentage and in five games, John Gibson is .941 with a 1.82 goals-against.

Hutton got the shutout Monday against the Stars, and my guess is both he and Ullmark will play in back-to-back nights against Anaheim and Los Angeles.

History has been good to the Sabres in Anaheim as they’re 11-8-0 all-time.

Buffalo’s power play is No. 1 in the NHL with a 42.9% success rate. The Ducks can’t say the same as they are last in the league and are 0-for-season with the extra man.

The Sabres have talked about improving their penalty killing as it’s only 21st in the NHL. Anaheim does a pretty good job and is ninth.

Olofsson, Dahlin and Sam Reinhart have been Buffalo’s most consistent players. All three have points in five-of-six games.

The Ducks have lost two-of-three games, dropping games in Pittsburgh and Boston.

Buffalo just beat the worst scoring team in the NHL, and Anaheim is next with just 2.17 goals per-games. Goaltending is what has gotten this team through, and Gibson and Miller are first in the NHL at a 1.67 goals-against average.

In addition to Miller, the Ducks have a few more former Sabres, including Brendan Guhle, Derek Grant and Nick Deslauriers. Guhle has two assists in four games, Grant has a goal and an assist in six games and Deslauriers has no points in two games. Guhle has missed the Ducks' last two games with the lower-body injury.

Anaheim’s leading scorers are Ondrej Kase and Hampus Lindholm with four points in six games. Rickard Rakell has three points while Ryan Getzlaf only has two,

Join Brian Koziol for the pre-game starting at 9:00.

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