Eichel, Sabres to host the Ducks
Buffalo, New York; Sunday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Jack Eichel and Buffalo take on Anaheim. Eichel ranks eighth in the NHL with 68 points, scoring 31 goals and recording 37 assists.
The Sabres are 15-9-4 on their home ice. Buffalo has converted on 18.8% of power-play opportunities, scoring 30 power-play goals.
The Ducks are 10-16-4 in road games. Anaheim averages 10.8 penalty minutes per game, the third-most in the league. Erik Gudbranson leads the team serving 91 total minutes.
In their last meeting on Oct. 16, Anaheim won 5-2. Jakob Silfverberg recorded a team-high 3 points for the Ducks.
TOP PERFORMERS: Eichel leads the Sabres with 31 goals, adding 37 assists and totaling 68 points. Sam Reinhart has recorded four assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.
LAST 10 GAMES: Ducks: 5-3-2, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.4 assists, 3.3 penalties and 7.4 penalty minutes while giving up 2.8 goals per game with a .911 save percentage.
Sabres: 5-4-1, averaging 2.6 goals, 3.9 assists, 2.7 penalties and 5.6 penalty minutes while giving up 2.3 goals per game with a .921 save percentage.
Ducks: Erik Gudbranson: day to day (upper body), Ondrej Kase: day to day (head).