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Johansson to start in net against Ducks

Goalie made 18 saves in first NHL start on Thursday

by Jourdon LaBarber @jourdonlabarber /

Jonas Johansson will start in net for the Buffalo Sabres against the Anaheim Ducks at KeyBank Center on Sunday afternoon. 

The Sabres will be without goaltender Carter Hutton, who is unavailable due to family circumstances. Andrew Hammond has been recalled from Rochester to serve as Johansson's backup. 

Johansson made 18 saves in his first NHL start, a 4-3 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. He will be opposed by former Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, who will make his second straight start for the Ducks. 

Buffalo will also be without forward Marcus Johansson, who will miss the game with an illness. The team will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen in his absence. 

Anaheim took the first game in the season series, 5-2, on Oct. 16. The Ducks set the tone physically in that game and erased a 2-0 deficit, which coach Ralph Krueger cited as a learning experience at that early stage of the season. 

"They have a very clear game that they want to play," Krueger said. "They want to bring lot of pressure. They explode offensively all together; they also attack you defensively very aggressively. We think there's ways to break that down and bypass it. There's a lot of respect for the games they've shown here of late."

Coverage on MSG begins at 2:30 p.m. You can also listen to the game on WGR 550, with puck drop scheduled for 3. 

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