Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0-1 SU, 2-2 PL, 2-1-1 O/U) vs Anaheim Ducks (2-2-1-0 SU, 0-5 PL, 1-4-0 O/U)
When: 9:05 PM EDT, Sunday, October 15, 2017
Where: Honda Center in Anaheim, California
NHL hockey action on Sunday evening and the Buffalo Sabres will square off with Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. THe Sabres have a game in LA on Saturday, while the Ducks come in off a 3-1 loss at Colorado. Goalie Probables: Chad Johnson will get the nod for the Sabres in this one and he will be opposed by John Gibson.
Sabres Are Still Looking For Their First Win
The Buffalo Sabres have not had the start they were looking for as they have lost all four of their game played so far. They have now lost nine of their last 10 games overall, dating back to last year. The Sabres had their issues on offense last year and they have scored just nine total goals in their first four games. In their last game, they fell at San Jose by a score of 3-2 and scoring for the Sabres in the loss was Jason Pominville, who scored both of their goals. He also scored both of their goals in their opener and has four on the year now. He came over from Minnesota and scored just 24 total goals in his last two years, which spanned 153 games. Taking the loss in the game was Robin Lehner, who stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced in the game. He is now 0-3 with a 3.17 GAA on the year. Getting the nod in this one will be Chad Johnson and he lost 6-2 to New Jersey in his lone start on the year. Johnson was 18-16 with a 2.59 GAA for the Flames, after going 22-20 with a 2.36 GAA for the Sabres the year before. In his career, he has gone 35-37 with a 2.52 GAA on the road and 8-10 with a 3.30 GAA during the month of October, while against the Pacific he has gone 15-9 with a 2.21 GAA, including 2-2 with a 2.46 GAA against the Ducks.
Buffalo has not been a good offensive team so far as they come in ranked 25th in the league in scoring at 2.25 gpg, while also ranking 23rd in shots taken (31.0 spg) and 20th in power play conversions, converting on 12.5% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been poor as they come in ranked 28th in goals allowed, giving up 4.25 gpg, while also ranking 16th in shots allowed (32.5) and 3rd in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 7.1% of their chances.
Ducks Fall To Surprising Avs
The Colorado Avalanche were the worst team in the league last year and by 21 points over the 29th team in the league with was Vancouver, who had 69. That was then and this is now as the Avs have jumped out to a 4-1 record, which includes a 3-1 home win over these Ducks on Friday night. The Ducks just couldn’t get their offense going and that has been a problem for them as they have scored just six total goals in their last four games now. Scoring their lone goal in the loss was Brandon Montour, which was his first of the year and just the 3rd of his career. The Ducks won the Pacific Division last year, but if they hope to do it again, then they will clearly need to figure things out on the offensive end of the Ice. Taking the loss against the Avs was Reto Berra, who replaced John Gibson after he left the game due to injury after the first period. Gibson is questionable for this game and if he does go then we note that he is 40-25 with a 2.03 GSAA in his home games and 7-9 with a 2.55 GAA in October, while against the Atlantic Division he has gone 10-11 with a 2.34 GAA, including 1-1 with a 2.70 GAA against the Sabres. Berra has gone 5-11 with a 2.66 GAA in his career against the Atlantic Division and this would be his first start against the Sabres.
The Ducks have been below average on offense so far this year as they come in ranked 28th in the league in scoring at 2.20 gpg, while also ranking 22nd in shots taken (31.0 spg) and 28th in power play conversions, converting on 0.0% of their chances. At the defensive end of the ice they have been decent as they rank 11th goals allowed, giving up just 2.80 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (35.2) and 18th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 19.2% of their chances.
- The Under is 3-0-1 in their last four vs. the Western Conference
- The Under is 3-0-1 in their last four in the third game of a 3-in-4 days situation
- The Under is 4-0-1 in their last five home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- The Under is 4-1 in their last five home games
Buffalo Is still looking for their first win of the year, while the Ducks have really struggled of late after winning the Pacific Division last year. The Sabres just don’t have the offense to compete right now as they have scored just nine total goals in their first four games. The Ducks have had the same issue as they scored five goals in their opening win against the Flyers, but have scored a total of six goals over their last four games. The goaltending is not great in this one, but still, I just don’t see these offenses waking up here, so I will be on the Under in this one, especially since the Under is 4-1 the last five meetings between these teams here in Anaheim.