The Anaheim Ducks are almost a month into the season, carrying a record of 2-4-1 thus far. Tonight, they take on the Buffalo Sabres for the first time in well over a year. Despite both teams finishing at the bottom of the league last season, the Buffalo Sabres have had a surprising start to their season.
Despite their 2-4-1 record, the Anaheim Ducks have had a few surprises so far this season as well, both good and bad. Tonight is sure to be a fun game, as both teams prove to their fans that there have been improvements that are trending in the right direction.
What You Need to Know Before the Game
Game 8: Anaheim Ducks vs Buffalo Sabres
Season Record: 2-4-1
Location: Anaheim, California— Honda Center
Time: 7:00 pm PST
TV: ESPN+, BSSC, BSSD
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Who/What has been the Biggest Surprise to Start the Anaheim Ducks Season?
Chris Bushell: For me, I’d say it’s Isac Lundstrom. He bet on himself this year and took his qualifying offer and to start the year he’s 4th on the team in points and playing a great 200ft game. He’ll never have the same edge and tenacity to his that Ryan Kesler did but if he can become Kesler-lite that would be amazing.
Brad Senecal: Kevin Shattenkirk. The fact that the Anaheim Ducks defensemen has been so relevant on the scoring sheet while playing bottom pair along with minimal power playtime. While his offense has stood out he has still been playing well in all situations coming off a down season.
TJ Watson: How competitive the Ducks are. They’ve lost some close games they could’ve easily won this season.
Adam Tenenbaum: Two surprises so far this season. Troy Terry being basically a point-per-game player and great in the d zone as well has been a nice surprise. The second one is the fact Anaheim has a competent power play. Even when they don’t score, they still look good out there. Considering how bad it was the last few seasons, it’s nice to see the progress so far.
Ciara Durant: The biggest surprise to me so far this season has definitely been Troy Terry. I know that it is still really early in the year, but I didn’t expect him to be a point-per-game player this early on. Max Comtois has also been a surprise, but not in the best way. The fact that he has yet to record a point in 6 games is rather disappointing seeing as he lead the team in both points and goals last season.
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