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Angry Ducks look for improved play against Sabres

Friday, 11.01.2013 / 6:46 PM

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Angry Ducks look for improved play against Sabres
Anaheim Ducks vs. Buffalo Sabres

DUCKS (10-3-1) at SABRES (2-12-2)

TV: FS-W, MSG-B

Last 10: Anaheim 7-2-1; Buffalo 2-7-1

Season series: This will be the first meeting between the Anaheim Ducks and Buffalo Sabres since Feb. 29, 2012, when Ryan Miller made 43 saves in a 2-0 Sabres win. Buffalo has won the past three between the teams, with the Ducks' last win coming in 2010. The teams also meet Nov. 8 in Anaheim.

Big story: The Ducks play game No. 7 on a season-high eight-game, two-week road trip. So far they are 3-2-1. Anaheim ends end the trip Monday night at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers.

Team Scope:

Ducks: Anaheim blew two one-goal leads Thursday in a 3-2 shootout loss against the Boston Bruins which ended a three-game winning streak.

"The guys are disappointed," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "They want to win every game. That's why the record is what it is right now and they're not going to be happy with a shootout loss. We wanted that extra point so I would expect nobody to be happy.”

The Ducks had been 2-0 in games decided after 60 minutes this season.

"You can't get too high and you can't get too low," forward Corey Perry said. "You get your one point and it's unfortunate we didn't get the second one, but you take this and you build off of it. I think we did a lot of good things and we just could tighten up in a couple of areas.”

Sabres: Buffalo lost 2-0 against the Rangers in New York on Thursday. It was the 12th time in 15 games they scored two goals or fewer and the eighth time they scored one goal or fewer. Miller made 44 saves in the loss.

"I understand we've got younger guys but you have to have a certain control of the game where you have to play together and work hard for each other and get out of situations," Miller said. "It's up to us to dig out of this and have the right attitude and right approach. It's been a lot of games searching, trying to figure it out. Enough is enough.”

The Sabres have scored 23 goals in 15 games, an average of 1.6 per game.

“Ryan made some extraordinary saves. He really kept us in the game. It could have been more than 2-0," forward Matt Moulson said.

Who's hot: Moulson, who had two goals in his Sabres debut Monday after being acquired from the New York Islanders, has six goals in his past six games.

Injury report: The Ducks will be missing a lot of bodies as Teemu Selanne (mouth), Luca Sbisa (ankle), Sheldon Souray (wrist), Matt Beleskey (upper body), Viktor Fasth (lower body), Jakob Silfverberg (hand) and Saku Koivu (head) all are on injured reserve. ... The Sabres will be without Corey Tropp (jaw) and Mike Weber (upper body) due to injuries, while John Scott is suspended.

2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Nov 08 '13BUF 2 at ANA 6R. Getzlaf
Nov 02 '13ANA 6 at BUF 3C. Perry
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
R. Getzlaf1561016+71103
C. Perry158715+81413
M. Perreault145813+8401
N. Bonino15448+5610
J. Silfverberg11437+5600
T. Selanne11347-1011
E. Etem12426+4011
A. Cogliano15246+4800
D. Penner8246+12200
K. Palmieri13325+1401
S. Vatanen15145+3600
D. Winnik15145-1800
D. Smith-Pelly6145+6000
B. Allen15055+101500
C. Fowler15055-1200
P. Maroon12224+41700
S. Koivu12213-1200
F. Beauchemin15033+111500
H. Lindholm13033+11600
P. Holland4101-1200
B. Lovejoy14011+5400
M. Fistric3011+0600
M. Beleskey2000-1900
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
J. Hiller106-2-1242582.52.907
F. Andersen33-0-04721.50.944
V. Fasth32-1-010813.33.877
PlayerGPGAP+/-PIMPPGW
M. Moulson148513+2650
C. Hodgson165712-5430
T. Vanek13459-5410
M. Foligno13246-41600
S. Ott16224-52611
T. Myers16134-81800
C. Ehrhoff16044-1400
B. Flynn16213-3000
D. Stafford16123-5400
T. Ennis16123-5800
Z. Girgensons15123-2200
J. McBain8123-4010
H. Tallinder11112-51400
M. Pysyk16022-2400
C. McCormick12022-42700
R. Ristolainen13101-5200
N. Zadorov6101-3200
J. Larsson14011-2600
M. Grigorenko13011-3200
V. Leino5011-2000
M. Weber11000-122100
K. Porter9000-6200
J. Scott7000-31900
P. Kaleta5000-1500
A. Sulzer1000+0000
C. Tropp1000-3000
GoalieGPRec.GASAGAASv%
R. Miller111-10-0334053.03.919
J. Enroth51-3-1151622.99.907