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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The ‘Canes look to start another point streak after losing to the New York Islanders.

NHL: Preseason-Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes failed to register a point Thursday after a five-game point streak. The ‘Canes desperately need a win to avoid falling behind in the wild card standings as a playoff spot within the division starts to slip early in the season.

Historically, teams in a playoff spot by American Thanksgiving have made the postseason more often than not, which makes this game big for both teams, who currently occupy the basement in their respective divisions. The Buffalo Sabres are coming off a 3-1 loss against Detroit on Friday evening. Buffalo is 3-5-2 in their last 10 games.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

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 Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • The ‘Canes won the last match-up between the two teams in Buffalo: a 5-2 win on January 14th.
  • The Sabres are 1-3-1 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.
  • Thursday night’s game against the Islanders was the ‘Canes first regulation loss of the season when leading after two periods.
  • This is the first match-up of the season between the two teams. They will face off again in Buffalo on December 15th.
  • Evander Kane is leading the way for the Sabres with 18 points. Kane saw his point streak snapped against Detroit. He had three goals and two assists combined in the previous four games.

Reading Assignments

  • Our friends over at Raw Charge are doing a pre-Steve Yzerman draft pick generator and stumbled across an old friend of the ‘Canes: Shane Willis. [Raw Charge]
  • The heroes and zeroes of overtime hockey featuring a certain under-performing ‘Canes center. [ESPN]
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson has re-signed in Ohio for the next seven years. [Washington Post]
  • John Shannon discusses how Houston’s possible NHL bid shapes the future of relocation and expansion for the league. Of course the Hurricanes are mentioned. Did you expect anything less? [Sportsnet]