Anaheim Ducks: A Look at the Opening Four-Game Road Trip

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Oct 3, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Buffalo Sabres defensemen Andrej Meszaros (41) skates against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Sabres are the front runners in the sweepstakes for Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in the next NHL Draft and are once again expected to be in the basement of the Eastern Conference.

Surprisingly however, the Sabres actually made steady improvements to their team this Summer. They have a new captain after adding Brian Gionta to the team, they brought back Matt Moulson back after playing half a season in Buffalo last year, they traded for shutdown defenseman and leadership oriented Josh Gorges, and also brought in veteran defenseman Andrej Mezaros as well as Andre Benoit.

They are an improved team from last season adding depth to their defense and offense, but still lack a lot between the pipes and have a lot of inexperienced and mediocre players on their roster.

Outcome of the game? Should be a fairly easy win for the Ducks.