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Anaheim, Buffalo each attempt to end three-game losing streaks

by Joe Yerdon / Correspondent

DUCKS (25-19-10) at SABRES (14-29-9)



The Game

The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks will each try to end three-game losing streaks when they play at KeyBank Center on Tuesday.

The Sabres have lost three straight on home ice (0-3-0) after sweeping a three-game road trip through Western Canada. Goalie Robin Lehner will make his fifth start in six games. Lehner is 2-2-0 with an 0.76 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and two shutouts in his past four. 

The Ducks are 0-2-1 in their past three after a 7-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. Ryan Miller made 33 saves and may start against the Sabres. He's 2-1-0 with a 2.34 GAA and .910 save percentage against Buffalo, where he played his first 11 NHL seasons.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell has eight points (three goals, five assists) during a four-game point streak.

Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"We have a chance if we have success here tonight to be .500 on the road. There's always a silver lining when you're on the road and there's always a silver lining that your hockey club has played well in some of the games… But we have to look in the mirror and self-improvement is the biggest area in which we need to improve." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle

"It's our work away from the puck. We had it for three games and it kind of looked like we turned a corner and we realized what we need to do to win and to win consistently, and then we take a couple steps back. We've got to put our heads down and work because if you don't work, you're going to get eaten up in this league." -- Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano -- Ryan Kesler -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Adam Henrique -- Ondrej Kase

Chris Wagner -- Antoine Vermette -- J.T. Brown

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Cam Fowler -- Kevin Bieksa

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Ryan Miller

Reto Berra

Scratched: Derek Grant, Korbinian Holzer

Injured: John Gibson (lower body), Patrick Eaves (Guillain-Barre Syndrome)


Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Kyle Okposo

Scott Wilson -- Evan Rodrigues -- Jason Pominville

Benoit Pouliot -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Nathan Beaulieu -- Casey Nelson

Justin Falk -- Jake McCabe

Robin Lehner

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Josh Gorges, Victor Antipin

Injured: Zach Bogosian (hip)

Suspended: Johan Larsson


Status report

Gibson took part in an optional skate Tuesday. … Falk returns after he was a healthy scratch the past two games.


Stat pack

Henrique has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past seven games. … Eichel does not have a point in four straight games but has 25 (12 goals, 13 assists) in his past 20.

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