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Buffalo looks to extend point streak to seven games; Anaheim looking for solution to power-play issues

by Dan Arritt / Independent Correspondent

SABRES (5-0-1) at DUCKS (4-2-0)


The Game

The Buffalo Sabres will try to continue their best start in 12 seasons when they play the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on Wednesday.

The Sabres have at least a point in the first six games of a season for the first time since starting 6-0-2 in 2008-09.

The Ducks matched their best five-game start (4-1-0) before losing 4-2 at the Boston Bruins on Monday to cap a four-game road trip.

Players to watch

Sabres forward Victor Olofsson is the first NHL player to score his first seven goals on the power play. He accomplished that feat with the first goal in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Monday, his fifth power-play goal of the season.

Ducks forward Rickard Rakell had three points (two goals, one assist) during the four-game road trip.

They said it

"We were extremely confident going into training camp what we needed to do with this group ... to find out what it was made of, and we didn't know what that was, where that potential would take us. We had no idea we'd be sitting here (5-0-1) after six games." -- Sabres coach Ralph Krueger

"Stay the course. Everybody just take a breath. I think the more you hammer away on (the lack of success on the power play), the higher the frustration comes and the tighter the hand goes on the sticks, and now you've got a way bigger problem than you want." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins on Anaheim's 0-for-14 start on the power play

Sabres projected lineup

Victor Olofsson -- Jack Eichel -- Sam Reinhart

Zemgus Girgensons -- Johan Larsson -- Kyle Okposo

Jeff Skinner -- Marcus Johansson -- Vladimir Sobotka

Jimmy Vesey -- Casey Mittelstadt -- Evan Rodrigues

Jake McCabe -- Rasmus Ristolainen

Rasmus Dahlin -- Colin Miller

Marco Scandella -- Henri Jokiharju

Carter Hutton

Linus Ullmark

Scratched: Curtis Lazar, John Gilmour

Injured: Conor Sheary (upper body), Brandon Montour (hand)

Ducks projected lineup

Max Comtois -- Sam Steel -- Ondrej Kase

Rickard Rakell -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Troy Terry

Max Jones - Devin Shore -- Carter Rowney

Hampus Lindholm -- Josh Manson

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Jacob Larsson -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Nicolas Deslauriers, Derek Grant

Injured: Brendan Guhle (lower body)

Status report

Sheary is on the three-game California trip after missing the past three games. He practiced in Anaheim on Tuesday but did not participate in line rushes and remains day to day. ... Guhle did not practice Tuesday and is unlikely to play against the Sabres, who selected him in the second round of the 2015 NHL Draft before trading him to Anaheim on Feb. 24 for Montour, who is not on the trip. ... The Ducks assigned forward Isac Lundestrom to San Diego of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Stat pack

Buffalo has scored nine power-play goals in 21 opportunities situations. Their 42.9 percent success rate leads the NHL. … The Ducks have allowed one first-period goal, tied with the Ottawa Senators for fewest in the League.

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