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Hurricanes at Sabres: Game Preview, Notes, Statistics, How to Watch

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The Canes will look to regain momentum tonight in Upstate New York after a failure to launch on Monday night in Raleigh.

Jamie Kellner

Carolina Hurricanes (13-11-7) at Buffalo Sabres (12-11-8)
Thursday, December 22, 2016 — 7 p.m.
KeyBank Center — Buffalo, NY
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Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Category Hurricanes Blue Jackets
Record 21-15-7 29-9-4
Points 49 62
Division Rank 6 Metro 2 Metro
Conference Rank 9 EC 2 EC
Last 10 Games 6-4-0 6-4-0
Streak Won Loss 1
Goals/Game 2.77 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.24
Shots/Game 30.6 30.3
Shots Against/Game 27.6 29.8
Faceoff % 51.7% 47.7%
Power Play % (Rank) 17.2% (18) 26.0% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.7% (1) 83.0% (10)
ES Corsi For % 52.1% 55.1%
ES PDO 99.4 101.3
PIM/Game 05:95 08:93

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Category Alex Nedeljkovic Anton Forsberg
Record 0-0-0 0-1-0
ES Save % .000 .852
GAA 0.00 4.10

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes are looking to gain momentum again after an unexpected four-day break. Monday night’s game against Detroit was cancelled due to a problem with the ice cooling system.
  • Darren Dreger reported on NBCSN last night that the makeup game between the Canes and Wings could be announced sometime today:
  • Meanwhile, onto the Sabres. Tonight’s matchup is the second of three games between the two clubs this season, in what ends up being a very odd home-and-home for the Canes because of Monday’s postponement. The Hurricanes won the season opener last Saturday 2-1 in a shootout.
  • Joakim Nordstrom scored the Canes’ only goal outside the skills competition in the first period, and that lead lasted for more than 40 minutes until Evander Kane tied the score with under three minutes to go. Lee Stempniak and Sebastian Aho scored in the shootout to give the Canes the extra point.
  • Tonight’s game is the front leg of a back-to-back as the Hurricanes will take on the Bruins on Edwards Mill Road tomorrow night. The Canes have lacked energy and discipline in the first half of back-to-back sets this season, going 1-2-2 in those five games..
  • While the Hurricanes are on a 9 game point streak at home, they are just 2-5-3 in their last ten games away from PNC Arena. The team needs to establish confidence on the road if they want to keep up with the pace in an extremely competitive Metropolitan Division.
  • Goalie Eddie Lack was reactivated off of IR yesterday afternoon after suffering a concussion in practice in late November. Lack will join the Canes in Buffalo today, and will back up Cam Ward tonight as Michael Leighton was reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers.
  • The Hurricanes spread some holiday cheer in the Raleigh community this week. Check it out.