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Friday, November 8th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (3-14-1) at Anaheim Ducks (13-3-1), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - When Buffalo and Anaheim clashed last weekend, the Ducks left town with a victory that left the Sabres winless at home on the season.

Now the Sabres are tasked with trying to hand the Ducks their first home defeat of the campaign as the clubs get together on Friday night for a rematch.

Buffalo played host to Anaheim last Saturday prior to the start of a three- game road trip and was bested 6-3, falling to 0-8-1 in western New York this season.

The Sabres managed to rebound with a big win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, just their third triumph of the season, but fell right back into the loss column last night with a 2-0 defeat at Los Angeles.

Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves and both goals he allowed came on Kings' power plays. He also got zero support as Buffalo was shut out for the second time in four games and for the fourth time this season.

"We played well in the first period, had some good chances to get up," Sabres coach Ron Rolston said. "We had some good looks in front of their goal but we didn't finish on them and they ended up finishing on us."

Buffalo ranks 29th out of 30 teams this season with an average of just 1.61 goals per game. It has scored more than two goals in a game just five times, one of those coming in the 6-3 loss to Anaheim.

The Sabres had a three-game series winning streak over the Ducks snapped despite goals from Cody Hodgson, Henrik Tallinder and Tyler Myers. Enroth gave up all six goals on 29 shots.

Ryan Miller is likely to start for the Sabres tonight and is 3-2-0 with a 1.66 goals against average in his career versus the Ducks.

Buffalo has won seven of its last 10 in Anaheim, but the Ducks are off to their best home start in team history at 6-0-0. They won their third straight game overall and improved to 6-0-1 in the last seven with a 5-2 win over Phoenix on Wednesday.

Rookie defenseman Hampus Lindholm scored his first career goal and added an assist in the victory, while fellow blueliner Cam Fowler added his first goal of the season.

"We were definitely treating this game with tons of importance," Fowler said. "We knew the type of roll Phoenix was on coming in here, and it seems like nobody seems to be losing in our division right now. We understood how important these two points were, and luckily we were able to come out and put a good effort out there."

Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Andrew Cogliano scored and Jonas Hiller made 24 saves.

The Ducks have outscored their opponents 26-10 at home this season and are on their longest winning streak as the hosting club since a club-record 13-game streak from Jan. 26-March 20 of last season.

Hiller made 14 saves in last weekend's win over the Sabres, improving to 3-2-0 with a 3.02 GAA versus them. Perry and Emerson Etem both scored two goals and Getzlaf added a goal and two helpers.

11/08 10:50:40 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 6
DUR 1
 
1st
MIA 0
CHA 2
 
8th
CLE 6
TOR 4
 
7th
DET 2
ANA 1
 
7th
NYM 3
ATL 3
 
8th
MIA 1
SEA 2
 
6th
PIT 1
MIL 0
 
6th
WAS 0
STL 2
 
7th
TAM 0
NYY 1
 
4th
KAN 0
MIN 3
 
4th
CHC 0
CIN 0
 
2nd
TEX 0
CWS 0
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
4:10pm Today
LOS
ARI
4:10pm Today
COL
PHI
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
7:05pm Tonight
BOS
BAL
4th
SAN 90
DAL 85
 
1st
MIA 0
CHA 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
WAS
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
POR
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
1st
BOS 1
DET 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
TAM
10:00pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
15th
NOR 6
DUR 1