Sabres wrap up their west coast swing

Anaheim has been playing well

Paul Hamilton
March 17, 2017 - 4:38 pm

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The Sabres west coast swing is three games in four nights and it ends tonight in Anaheim.

The team was pretty much run over in both San Jose and Los Angeles and the Ducks will not be an easy task.

In the first 30 minutes against the Kings, Buffalo managed just six shots on goal. It took that long to wake up led by their best line by far last night Evan Rodrigues between Marcus Foligno and Hudson Fasching.

Despite taking 20 shots in the second half of the game, they still couldn't beat Jonathan Quick and were shutout for the fourth straight time in L.A.

The Sabres are obviously just playing out the string as there’s been pretty much no passion in their game since winning four-of-six through February 18. Since then, they’ve won 2-of-12 games and have lost six-out-of-seven.

In the two games out west, Robin Lehner has faced 77 shots and made 71 saves. At the other end, Buffalo has fired 49 shots and scored once.

Ryan O’Reilly hasn’t scored in five games and is pointless in three out of four.

Tyler Ennis hasn’t scored in 15 games, Matt Moulson has one goal in 14 games, Zemgus Girgensons hasn’t scored in 17 games, Sam Reinhart has one goal in seven games, and Brian Gionta has one goal in eight games.

With John Gibson hurt, Jonathan Bernier gets the call in goal for the Ducks. Bernier has played seven out of eight games and has only given up three goals in his last three games.

Bernier’s overall numbers have not been great with a 2.62 goals against and a .913 save percentage.

Anaheim has won four out of five games which has them in second place in the Pacific Division, seven points in back of San Jose, one in front of Edmonton and two ahead of Calgary.

Corey Perry only has 14 goals which makes Rickard Rakell the Ducks leading goal scorer with 30. He has goals in three straight games and has eight goals in nine games.

Captain Ryan Getzlaf is the Ducks leading scorer with 58 points in 63 games. He has 16 points in 11 games.

Jack Eichel has played five games in his career out west and despite scoring in San Jose, he's been ineffective in all of them. Last year, Ryan Kesler made Eichel's night miserable and he’s likely to see a lot of Kesler tonight. Some consider Kesler as the best two-way forward in the game. He has 20 goals and 30 assists this season.

Join me and Brian Koziol for the pregame at 9:00.

  

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