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KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York  Attendance: 16,788

Home-not-so-sweet-home for Sabres as they host Ducks

Anaheim Ducks at Buffalo Sabres

  1. Anaheim lost, 7-4, in Toronto last night, dropping its third straight tilt, and falling to 1-2-1 in the first four contests of its five-game Eastern Conference road trip. The Ducks have allowed seven or more goals three times in 2017-18 -- tied for most of any team in the league.
  2. Buffalo was blanked, 1-0, by the Blues at KeyBank Center on Saturday night, and has now lost the first three games of its current five-game homestand by a combined score of 8-3. The Sabres have been shut out five times in their last 29 games (were shut out zero times in first 23 games of the season).
  3. The Sabres defeated the Ducks, 3-1, in these clubs' first meeting of the season on October 15 at Honda Center. Dating to the beginning of 2013-14, Anaheim is 3-1-0 in its last four games vs. Buffalo at KeyBank Center, scoring at least five goals in each of the three victories.
  4. Rickard Rakell had two goals and a helper last night, giving him three markers in his last two games, and eight points (3g, 5a) during his current four-game scoring streak overall. Rakell has lit the lamp 13 times in his last 19 skates -- most of any Western Conference player since December 21 (third most in the NHL overall).
  5. Jack Eichel has been kept off the score sheet in a season-high four straight contests since a seven-game point streak from January 7-23. Eichel has a goal and two helpers in five career skates vs. the Ducks.
  6. Anaheim is 3-1-3 (.643) in the second of back-to-back games this season -- fifth best in the league. Buffalo is 1-5-1 (.214) when skating against teams in the second of back-to-backs in 2017-18 (worst in hockey).

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres had their best win streak of the season in their three-game Western Canada road trip in late January. Since returning home, it's been back to normal for the struggling Sabres.

The Sabres have lost three in a row, with their most recent loss coming in a 1-0 defeat to St. Louis on Saturday. Buffalo will look to turn things around on Tuesday in another home game against Anaheim.

Scoring continues to be a major problem for the Sabres (14-29-9), who were shut out by the Blues and have three goals in their past three games. That comes after the floodgates opened for Buffalo in their road trip, where the Sabres had 11 goals in three games.

Getting more pucks on net remains a priority for Buffalo.

"The one thing I am seeing is we're not shooting the puck enough," Sabres coach Phil Housley said, according to the team's website. "There's a lot of opportunities that we're trying to make a play and we have to put more pucks to the net and we have to get more players there. We talked about that a lot. What it does is it creates offense, it creates a second opportunity. It changes defenses and now they have to react to us. We need to continue to pound that message."

Jack Eichel leads the Sabres in scoring with 49 points in 52 games (20 goals, 29 assists) but he hasn't gotten much help in the offensive end. Evander Kane (16 goals, 20 assists) had a hot start to the year but has cooled off as of late.

"We cross that blue line, are we thinking shot and putting pucks to the net? It's a very simple game but I don't think we have it," Housley said, according to the team's website. "I think there's times we do. I thought we had it on the West Coast swing. We're just trying to be too fine and too cute.

"You watch the highlights, it's puck going to the net and traffic. We've got to have more guys going there because you're going to find a way, it's going to hit you, you're going to get a rebound. That's a tough place to play, but guys that go there get rewarded."

The Sabres have one more home game in this homestand on Thursday against the New York Islanders before a road game against Boston on Saturday.

The Ducks (25-19-10) are coming off a 7-4 road loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night and have a quick turnaround. This is the final game of a five-game road trip for Anaheim.

Rickard Rakell leads the Ducks in scoring with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 48 games. Ryan Getzlaf has 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 29 games. Both John Gibson (40 games played) and Ryan Miller (17 games played) have a goals-against average of .922; it's possible that Miller, the long-time Sabres starter, gets the call against his former team.

Updated February 6, 2018

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