A road trip that began last Saturday in LA ends this afternoon in Buffalo as the Ducks take on the Sabres at KeyBank Center. (12 p.m. PT, TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: AM 830). After coming up just short in a thrilling back-and-forth 5-4 overtime loss on Friday in Toronto, the Ducks are hoping to finish this eight-day trip on a high note.
The Ducks have earned points in four straight games (2-0-2), gone 3-1-2 in their past six and 5-2-2 in the past nine overall. On the road, the Ducks have earned points in six of the past seven road games (4-1-2). Today marks the club's eighth day game of the season and the sixth on the road. If you're a fan of day games, the Ducks have four remaining on the schedule, including Sunday, Feb. 16 at Vancouver (2 p.m. PT), Monday, Feb. 17 at Calgary (1 p.m. PT), Saturday, March 14 at LA (1 p.m. PT) and Sunday, March 15 vs. Montreal (1 p.m. PT).
This is the final meeting of the season between the Ducks and Sabres, which opened with a 5-2 victory for Anaheim on Oct. 16 at Honda Center. The Ducks have posted a 16-18-5 all-time record against the Sabres along with a 7-8-4 mark in Buffalo. Adam Henrique, who leads the Ducks with 18 goals this season, paces the club in active scoring vs. Buffalo with 22 points (8g/14a) and a +15 rating in 24 career games.
The Sabres are led in scoring by their captain, Jack Eichel, who ranks seventh in the NHL with 68 points (31g/37a) in 54 games. The 23-year-old center has been held without a point in just four of his last 35 games played. Eichel has 49 points (23g/26a) in 35 appearances over that stretch. In games he's recorded multiple points, the Sabres are 13-3-2 (.778).