The gloves are off for the Best of the Day preview with NHL tips for the Anaheim Ducks’ showdown with the Buffalo Sabres. 

NHL Tips – Anaheim Ducks V Buffalo Sabres

13:00 (AEDT) @ Honda Center, Anaheim

History: Played 20: Ducks 11 V Sabres 9

Last meeting: December 23, 2018: Sabres 3 d Ducks 0 KeyBank Center

Final thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down some early-season NHL action, with the Anaheim Ducks hosting the high-flying Buffalo Sabres.

The Sabres lead the Atlantic Division with five wins and an overtime loss from six outings. It’s a rousing start for a team that has not reached the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and finished sixth in the division last year with a 33-39-10 record.

They have won their last three against the Canadiens (5-4), Panthers (3-2) and Stars (4-0). Victor Olofsson boasts a team-high five goals, while Jack Eichel is their leading point-scorer with three goals and six assists.

Playoffs staples Anaheim were one of the big sliders last season. They were sixth in the Pacific Division with a 35-37-10 record, missing the post-season for the first time in seven years.

But the Ducks have made a solid start to their 2019-20 campaign, winning four of their six games. They are aiming to bounce back from losses to the Penguins (2-1) and Bruins (4-2) either side of a win over the Blue Jackets (2-1) in their past three.

Only three teams have conceded less than the Ducks’ 10 goals. But only seven teams in the NHL have scored less than the Ducks’ 13.

The Sabres have won four of their last five against the Ducks. Last season they prevailed 4-2 in Anaheim and 3-0 at home.

Buffalo goalie Linus Ulmark was the hero in the latter with a 40-save shutout.

This encounter seems certain to come down to the Sabres’ league-leading offence and the Ducks’ miserly defence. The visitors have the momentum here, however, and are providing juicy value for a Best of the Day road win.

Tip: Result – Sabres @ $2.08