Game Preview: Buffalo Sabres @ Anaheim Ducks
Ok tonight’s preview is pretty much going to be all stats. I’ve done a lot of analysis these past few days and quite frankly, I need a break. Ok here we go, kids.
The Buffalo Sabres:
Last Game: 7-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night. The Sabres dominated pretty much every part of the game. Read this post to get a full breakdown of the game.
Who’s Hot: Tim Connolly – 12 game points streak; Jason Pominville – 2 goals, 1 assist last game; Tyler Myers – Because I said so.
Who’s Not: Clarke MacArthur – Playing well without the puck but needs to transfer that good play onto the scoresheet.
What we need to do: Keep up the physical play against West Coast teams; Put tons of pucks on the net and pepper the goalie.
The Anaheim Ducks:
Last Game: 5-4 win over Calgary Flames where they scored 2 third period goals to tie up and then win the game. Got the win despite being outshot 37-26.
Who’s Hot: Dan Sexton – 1 goal, 1 assist last game; Jonas Hiller – 33 Saves last game; Bobby Ryan – Leads team in goals with 21, Scored one last game.
Who’s Not: Mike Brown – 6 points in 49 games. That’s really not good. At all.
What they need to do: Overwhelm Patty Lalime with good passing and even better shots; Try to match the physical play that the Sabres bring to the table. Both are things that they can do.
Jonas Hiller gets the start tonight after a win last Sunday. He’s had a decent season so far but really hasn’t turned it on like he did in the latter half of last season. Look for him to continue his spark tonight against a possibly tired Sabres team.
Between the pipes for the Sabres will be Patrick Lalime. I can’t really call him Lalame anymore because he hasn’t had a really bad game in a while. You can’t fault him for the loss against the Avs, he isn’t really known to be a shootout shutdown type of goalie.
Tune to MSG tonight to watch the Sabres try and pour it on against the Ducks formerly known as Mighty.
The game is not on until 10:00. Oy vey.
See you tomorrow for more West Coast Posts!
Until next time… Go Sabres!