ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Buffalo Sabres complete the season's first set of back-to-back games tonight in Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. Buffalo dropped to 0-4-1 with Saturday's 4-2 loss in Los Angeles and is inching closer to the franchise record for slowest start to a season.
The Sabres have gone through their first seven games without a win three times in their history, most recently going 0-6-1 in 2013-14.
Here are Five Things to Know about tonight's game:
1. On the air: It's a 9 p.m. faceoff on MSG and WGR Radio 550. Dan Dunleavy will call the play-by-play along with Rob Ray; the back-to-back is a scheduled night off for Rick Jeanneret, who will return to the mic Tuesday in Vegas.
2. Lineup news: Chad Johnson makes his second start of the season in goal. Winger Justin Bailey has been recalled from Rochester and will play tonight. Kyle Okposo remains out with the flu but coach Phil Housley said he is doing much better and the Sabres hope he will play Tuesday in Vegas. Housley said all players will take the warmup and did not reveal who Bailey will be replacing.
3. Bailey is back: Bailey said he was uplifted by the positive message he got from Housley and General Manager Jason Botterill when he was sent to Rochester.
"In years past, two training camps ago, the message wasn't the same," Bailey said. "For me it was great to hear that because I felt I gave them everything I could in training camp. Going down there I didn't have any regrets. It was all positive and something I could build on in Rochester those first three games."
4. Special teams watch: The Ducks are 0 for 17 on the power play. Anaheim and the New York Islanders (0 for 18) are the remaining teams that have not scored a power-play goal. Of course, the Sabres were burned for three goals Saturday by the Los Angeles power play.
5. The Ducks are beat up: Captain Ryan Getzlaf didn't play Friday in a 3-1 loss at Colorado, the fourth time in six games he's sat out with a lower body injury suffered in September. His status for tonight is uncertain. Same for goaltender John Gibson. All out are old friend Ryan Miller (wrist), Ryan Kesler (hip surgery) and defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen (both shoulder surgery).