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Buffalo seeking first win; Anaheim could be without Getzlaf again

by Dan Arritt / NHL.com Correspondent

SABRES (0-4-1) at DUCKS (2-2-1)

9 p.m. ET; PRIME, MSG-B, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will aim for their first win of the season when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. The Sabres and Arizona Coyotes (0-4-1) are the remaining NHL teams without a victory.

The Sabres are playing the second game of their first back-to-back set. They held a lead for the second time this season against the Los Angeles Kings before losing 4-2 at Staples Center on Saturday.

The Ducks could be without center Ryan Getzlaf for the fourth time in six games because of a lower-body injury that initially occurred during practice Sept. 27. Anaheim's leading scorer last season (73 points) missed the first three games before playing against the Calgary Flames on Monday and the New York Islanders on Wednesday. He sat out a 3-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche on Friday and didn't practice Saturday.

 

Players to watch

Goalie Chad Johnson made 44 saves in a 3-0 win at Honda Center on Dec. 17, 2015, a Sabres record for saves in a regulation shutout. In Johnson's most recent appearance, he gave up six goals on 22 shots before he was removed from a 6-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Ducks forward Corey Perry has 16 points (12 goals, four assists) in 15 games against the Sabres.

 

They said it

"Right now, we're just finding ways to lose and we need to turn the corner here and find ways to win." -- Sabres coach Phil Housley

"If you're defending all the time, then you're going to be forced to take penalties." -- Ducks coach Randy Carlyle on their average of 13:48 shorthanded per game, seventh-highest in the League

 

Sabres projected lineup

Zemgus Girgensons -- Jack Eichel -- Jason Pominville

Evander Kane -- Ryan O'Reilly -- Justin Bailey

Sam Reinhart -- Johan Larsson -- Seth Griffith

Benoit Pouliot -- Jacob Josefson -- Jordan Nolan

Marco Scandella -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Nathan Beaulieu -- Matt Tennyson

Josh Gorges -- Jake McCabe

Chad Johnson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Victor Antipin, Matt Moulson

Injured: Kyle Okposo (illness), Justin Falk (lower body), Zach Bogosian (lower body)

 

Ducks projected lineup

Andrew Cogliano -- Rickard Rakell -- Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Eaves -- Antoine Vermette -- Corey Perry

Nick Ritchie -- Derek Grant -- Chris Wagner

Nicolas Kerdiles -- Dennis Rasmussen -- Logan Shaw
 
Cam Fowler -- Josh Manson

Francois Beauchemin -- Brandon Montour

Korbinian Holzer -- Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Reto Berra

Scratched: Jaycob Megna, Jared Boll

Injured: Ryan Getzlaf (lower body), Ryan Miller (upper body), Ondrej Kase (upper body), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery), Hampus Lindholm (shoulder surgery), Sami Vatanen (shoulder surgery)

 

Status report

Gibson sustained an upper-body injury during warmups Friday and left after the first period against the Avalanche. He went through a full practice Saturday. ... The Sabres recalled Bailey from Rochester of the American Hockey League on Saturday, and he could fill in for Okposo.

 

Stat pack

The Sabres have allowed four shorthanded goals in their first five games after allowing four last season. ... The Ducks are 0-for-17 with the man-advantage. Anaheim and the Islanders (0-for-18) are the remaining teams that have not scored a power-play goal.

 

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