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GDT - Ducks at Sabres - December 7, 2021 - 7:30 PM (EST) - ESPN+ / HULU & WGR


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23 minutes ago, PromoTheRobot said:

We expected more from the Bills.

I don’t follow the Bills at all…  but my expectations since it’s “the local team” , has always been they won’t make the playoffs… And if they do make the playoffs they won’t win the Super Bowl. So they’ve been pretty much meeting my expectations most years 😂

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Anaheim is for real. I don't expect a Sabres win tonight with that style of defense they are playing (non-existant) Won't matter who is in goal as they will be hung out to dry yet again. Have to hope Anaheim's goalie has a really "off night". Sorry to say it, but things are getting really miserable being a Buffalo sports fan.

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I’m finding it hard to see growth in situations like 6 unanswered goals etc. Most nights they look like the keystone cops in their own end. This season is going to be a slog and the next 3 are setting up to be losses. If UPL starts one of them it’ll likely be a dagger to the heart of his confidence. If he has any.

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44 minutes ago, inkman said:

This ***** just never lines up for me.  Syracuse hoops at 9 pm.  The Sabres have to start at 7:30 and not 7?  At least with this team, there is a good chance it'll be over by 9 pm anyway.  

I think you may be selling the Ducks a bit short. They just might hang with the Sabres and keep it close right up to the end. 

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Hulu?  Man, do I hate big companies mining my data.

Maybe Paul Hamilton's speculation in the "After the Whistle" podcast is accurate: Don Granato has over-compensated for the offence-stifling system which Ralph Krueger ran.  It is possible to run the system with a more defencively-aware mindset with some adjustments.  Maybe he needs to do that.

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Anaheim Ducks (13-8-5, third in the Pacific) vs. Buffalo Sabres (8-13-3, sixth in the Atlantic)

Buffalo, New York; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Sabres +106, Ducks -127; over/under is 6--Bet the over!!!

BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo heads into the matchup with Anaheim after losing four in a row.

The Sabres are 6-6-1 at home. Buffalo has scored 69 goals and is ninth in the Eastern Conference averaging 2.9 goals per game. Tage Thompson leads the team with 10.

The Ducks have gone 4-4-3 away from home. Anaheim ranks ninth in the league with 32.0 shots per game and is averaging 3.3 goals.

In their last meeting on Oct. 28, Buffalo won 4-3. Rasmus Asplund scored a team-high two goals for the Sabres in the victory.

TOP PERFORMERS: Thompson leads the Sabres with 10 goals, adding six assists and collecting 16 points. Kyle Okposo has three goals and six assists over the last 10 games for Buffalo.

Troy Terry has 26 total points while scoring 15 goals and totaling 11 assists for the Ducks. Sonny Milano has four goals and seven assists over the last 10 games for Anaheim.

LAST 10 GAMES: Sabres: 2-7-1, averaging 2.7 goals, 4.5 assists, 2.5 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 4.2 goals per game with an .883 save percentage.

Ducks: 4-4-2, averaging 2.9 goals, 4.2 assists, 3.1 penalties and 8.2 penalty minutes while allowing 3.1 goals per game with a .907 save percentage.

INJURIES: Sabres: Dustin Tokarski: day to day (health protocols), Craig Anderson: out (upper body), Robert Hagg: day to day (undisclosed).

Ducks: Adam Henrique: day to day (lower body).

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20 minutes ago, Marvin, Sabres Fan said:

Hulu?  Man, do I hate big companies mining my data.

Maybe Paul Hamilton's speculation in the "After the Whistle" podcast is accurate: Don Granato has over-compensated for the offence-stifling system which Ralph Krueger ran.  It is possible to run the system with a more defencively-aware mindset with some adjustments.  Maybe he needs to do that.

I believe this and briefly talked about it in the last GDT. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Most coaches teach defensive responsibility before they let them loose. Most if not all of these players learned how to play defence first systems while they rose through the ranks in other leagues etc. Dons system sounds great on paper but not sure its attainable given the makeup of this team or the goaltending.

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58 minutes ago, Zamboni said:

I don’t follow the Bills at all…  but my expectations since it’s “the local team” , has always been they won’t make the playoffs… And if they do make the playoffs they won’t win the Super Bowl. So they’ve been pretty much meeting my expectations most years 😂

They reached the conference final last year. Did that disappoint you?

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