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Ducks continue road trip vs. Sabres

by Jon Lane

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


Season series: The Anaheim Ducks swept the two-game series last season against the Buffalo Sabres. Ryan Getzlaf had four goals and seven points in the two games, including his first career hat trick in the Ducks' 6-2 win Nov. 8 at Honda Center. Thirteen players had points for Anaheim in a 6-3 victory in Buffalo on Nov. 2, the Ducks' first win at First Niagara Center since 2009.

Ducks team scope: The Ducks continue their season-opening four-game road trip in Buffalo after a season when their 25 wins away from home was a franchise record. Getzlaf, a Hart Trophy finalist last season, is off to a quick start with two goals and four points in two games, including the unassisted game-winner with 23.6 seconds remaining Saturday in a 3-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings. Goalie Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots and could get the start in Buffalo off the strong effort. John Gibson allowed six goals in Anaheim's season-opening loss Thursday at the Pittsburgh Penguins and may get the call Tuesday at the Philadelphia Flyers. Forward Dany Heatley (groin) has resumed skating, but Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told the Orange County Register that his availability for the home opener Friday is unrealistic. Forward Kyle Palmieri (high ankle sprain) has yet to return to the ice, according to Boudreau.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres allowed four goals in the final 15 minutes of a 6-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday; they were outshot 19-4 in the third period and 47-23 for the game. Goalie Jhonas Enroth (0-2-0, 4.50 goals-against average, .897 save percentage) has faced 87 shots in Buffalo's two games after seeing 40 or more twice all of last season. Center Zemgus Girgensons has two goals in two games after needing 29 to score his second goal last season. Until last season, Buffalo had never lost its first three games in regulation. This is the start of a back-to-back for the Sabres, who visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Here are the possible lines for Buffalo:

Matt MoulsonTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Cody HodgsonZemgus GirgensonsBrian Gionta

Marcus FolignoSam ReinhartChris Stewart

Nicolas DeslauriersCody McCormickTorrey Mitchell

Josh GorgesTyler Myers

Andre BenoitTyson Strachan

Rasmus RistolainenMike Weber

Michal Neuvirth

Jhonas Enroth

Injured: Jake McCabe (middle body), Patrick Kaleta (face), Mark Pysyk (upper body)

Status report: The Ducks wrap up their road trip Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, then head back to Honda Center for their home opener against the Minnesota Wild on Friday. ... The Sabres have matched their opponents 3-3 in the opening 40 minutes of their first two games, but have been outscored 6-0 in the third period.

Who's hot: Anaheim center Ryan Kesler has a goal and three assists in his first two games with the Ducks. He's tied for the team scoring lead with Getzlaf and Corey Perry. ... Zemgus Girgensons has two of the Sabres' three goals this season.

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