Anaheim makes its first trip to the East Coast with this four-gamer against the Sabres, Devils, Islanders and Rangers. It is a particularly crucial trip for the Ducks, who currently sit in last place in the Pacific Division yet still find themselves only three points out of a playoff spot.
This kicks off a stretch in which the Ducks play seven of their next eight away from Honda Center. Upon their return to Orange County following the Dec. 22 contest at Madison Square Garden, the Ducks host the Flyers on Dec. 27 before embarking on a three-game trip across the border for games against the Flames on Dec. 29, Oilers on New Year’s Eve and the Canucks on New Year’s Day.BUFFALO SABRES
First Niagara CenterRECORD:
14-16-3, 31 pointsSTANDINGS:
7th in the Atlantic Division, 13th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Won 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. BUFFALO:
12-15-4 (5-7-4 at Buffalo)
– Played parts of two seasons with the Sabres (2013-15), recording 11 goals and 15 points in 66 games.
MILESTONES VS. BUFFALO
– Scored his first career NHL goal (with Pittsburgh), Dec. 17, 2011 vs. BuffaloKorbinian Holzer
– Made his NHL debut (with Toronto), Nov. 6, 2010 vs. BuffaloRickard Rakell
– Earned his first career point (assist), Nov. 8, 2013 vs. BuffaloNate Thompson
– Made his NHL debut (with Boston), Oct. 21, 2006 vs. BuffaloABOUT BUFFALO
Buffalo is located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie at the head of the Niagara River. As of 2014, Buffalo is the second-most populous city in the state after New York City, with 258,703 residents, and the metropolitan area is the 45th-largest in the United States.
Residents of Buffalo are called "Buffalonians" and nicknames for the city include "The Queen City," "The Nickel City" and "The City of Good Neighbors." The first plate of wings was served in 1964 at a family-owned establishment in Buffalo called the Anchor Bar. The wings were the brainchild of Teressa Bellissimo, who covered them in her own special sauce and served them with a side of blue cheese and celery because that's what she had available.
The First Niagara Center, formerly known as HSBC Arena and Marine Midland Arena, is the largest indoor arena in Western New York. The Sabres have called the arena home since its opening in 1996, when it replaced the now-demolished Memorial Auditorium.Miles Traveled (Honda Center to First Niagara Center): 2,527
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
16-12-4, 36 pointsSTANDINGS:
4th in the Metropolitan Division, 8th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Lost 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. NEW JERSEY:
11-13-4 (4-7-2 at New Jersey)MILESTONES VS. NEW JERSEY
– Earned his 100th career NHL assist, Feb. 17, 2012 at New JerseyCam Fowler
– Earned his 100th career NHL point, Dec. 20 2013 at New JerseyRyan Kesler
– Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Jan. 16, 2015 vs. New JerseyClayton Stoner
– Scored his first career NHL goal (with Minnesota), Jan. 4, 2011 at New JerseyABOUT NEWARK
Newark is the largest city (by population) in New Jersey and had a population of 277,140 in 2010, making it the nation's 67th most-populous municipality. Located in the heart of New Jersey's Gateway Region, Newark is the second-largest city in the New York metropolitan area, approximately eight miles (13 km) west of Manhattan.
Opened in 2007, the Prudential Center is home to the Devils and the NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the arena "The Rock" in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance of it.Miles Traveled (First Niagara Center to Prudential Center): 363
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
18-10-5, 41 pointsSTANDINGS:
3rd in the Metropolitan Division, 4th in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Lost 2ALL-TIME RECORD VS. ISLANDERS:
12-11-6 (6-6-1 at Islanders)ISLANDERS CONNECTIONS
– Played parts of two seasons with the Islanders (2008-10), recording three goals and 10 points in 82 games.MILESTONES VS. ISLANDERS
– Scored his 100th career NHL goal (with Edmonton), Jan. 7, 2008 vs. the New York Islanders ABOUT BROOKLYN
Brooklyn is the most populous of New York City's five boroughs, with a Census-estimated 2,621,793 people. It is geographically adjacent to the borough of Queens at the western end of Long Island. Today, if it were an independent city, Brooklyn would rank as the fourth most populous city in the U.S., behind only the other boroughs of New York City combined, Los Angeles, and Chicago. The city's sports history includes serving as home to the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1884 until 1957, when the team moved to Los Angeles.
The Barclays Center opened in September of 2012 (with a Jay Z concert being its first event), and it became home of the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets that same season. The Islanders began play there this season, despite the fact the arena is not optimized for NHL hockey. It was built mainly for basketball use, so the scoreboard is off-centered above the blueline that is located closer to the southeast end of the arena. It has a seating capacity of 15,795, which makes it the second-smallest in the league (behind Winnipeg's MTS Centre).Miles Traveled (Prudential Center to Barclays Center): 17.4
NEW YORK RANGERS
Madison Square GardenRECORD:
19-10-4, 42 pointsSTANDINGS:
2nd in the Metropolitan Division, 3rd in the Eastern ConferenceHOME RECORD:
Lost 1ALL-TIME RECORD VS. RANGERS:
16-8-5 (7-5-3 at Rangers)RANGERS CONNECTIONS
– Drafted by the Rangers in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft; went on to play four seasons with the Rangers, collecting 58 goals and 130 points in 266 games.MILESTONES VS. RANGERS
– Skated in his 200th career NHL game (with Minnesota), Dec. 22, 2013 at RangersNate Thompson
– Scored his first career NHL goal (and point, with the New York Islanders), Nov. 4, 2008 at RangersABOUT NEW YORK CITY
What more needs to be said about New York City other than it is widely considered the greatest city in the world? New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York metropolitan area, the premier gateway for legal immigration to the United States and one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world. New York City exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York City is an important center for international diplomacy and has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.
Situated on one of the world's largest natural harbors, New York City consists of five boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island – each of which is a separate county of New York State. With a census-estimated 2014 population of 8,491,079 distributed over a land area of just 305 square miles, New York City is the most densely populated major city in the United States.
Madison Square Garden (sometimes called MSG or The Garden) is located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets and is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. "The World's Most Famous Arena" is home to the Rangers and the NBA's New York Knicks as well as countless concerts, circus shows and other live entertainment. Opened in February of 1968, it is the oldest arena in the NHL and the second-oldest arena in the NBA.Miles Traveled (Barclays Center to Madison Square Garden): 5.8 miles