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Sabres hope to bounce back against Ducks

by Brian Compton /
DUCKS (18-15-4) at SABRES (13-16-4)

Last 10: Anaheim 5-4-1; Buffalo 5-4-1.

Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Jan. 19, when Anaheim earned a 5-4 victory at the Honda Center.

Big Story: Jonas Hiller stole the show Monday night, when he made 45 saves to lead the Ducks to a 3-0 victory at Boston. The win pulled Anaheim within three points of first-place Dallas in the Pacific Division.

"If we play like that every single game, with guys out there blocking shots, we've got a good chance to win," Hiller said.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Rookie Brandon McMillan had his first career multipoint game to help Anaheim snap a two-game skid on a season-high seven-game road trip. Lubomir Visnovsky and Corey Perry also scored and Teemu Selanne had two assists for the Ducks, who play in Buffalo on Tuesday. It was Hiller's second shutout of the season and eighth of his career.

"Jonas was in a zone and really stole the show," Ducks forward Bobby Ryan said of his goaltender.

Sabres: Buffalo is hoping to avoid its third straight loss following Saturday's 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay. Jason Pominville had a goal and Ryan Miller made 34 saves after allowing four goals on 10 shots in the first period of a 6-2 loss Friday night at Florida.

"It's disappointing," Sabres right wing Mike Grier said of the consecutive losses. "We were playing fairly well coming in, but we dug ourselves a hole."

Who's Hot: Teemu Selanne had two assists Monday night, while Corey Perry scored shorthanded for his 17th goal of the season. … Pominville has goals in three straight games and points in six of his last seven.

Injury Report: Aaron Voros (orbital bone) is out for the Ducks. … Sabres defenseman Shaone Morrisonn is out indefinitely with a concussion.

Stat Pack: Anaheim defenseman Andreas Lilja played in his 500th game, and Ryan Getzlaf played in game No. 400 on Monday.

Puck Drop: "I've got a lot of work to do, I think. I expect to always evolve as a player. I feel like I'm not quite in the same comfort zone as I was last year. But it's been a process." -- Sabres goalie Ryan Miller
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