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Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres: Game Preview and Storm Advisory

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The Hurricanes come off of a strong finish to the west coast road trip to take on the Eastern Conference-worst Buffalo Sabres.


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 Hurricanes trails all-time against Buffalo with a 79-96-23-1 record, including a 34-55-9-1 record in New York.
  • Tonight marks the second of three total matchups between the sides. Carolina won the November 18 matchup in Buffalo by a score of 3-1, and they’ll play their final game of the series in Carolina on December 23rd.
  • The Hurricanes swept the Sabres last season with a solid 3-0-0 record.
  • In their last 16 games against the Sabres, the Hurricane are 10-4-2. Furthermore, the club has earned points in eight of the last 11 matchups against the Sabres.
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with four points (3g, 1a) in three games agains the Sabres last season. Skinner is just 2 goals away from passing Pat Verbeek for seventh on the Hurricanes all time goal list.
  • The Canes could have their second milestone in as many games tonight: Justin Faulk is one point shy of 200 for his career.
  • Scott Darling is a dominant 3-0-0 with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV% in three games against the Sabres.
  • You think the Canes’ power play is abysmal? Get this: the Sabres haven’t scored a power play goal against the Hurricanes since March of 2014.
  • The Canes are not taking a morning skate today, but word from Michael Smith is that Cam Ward may be in line for his second straight start tonight. Bill Peters also mixed up his lines a bit, going with Victor Rask between the Finns, Elias Lindholm going on Derek Ryan’s wing, and Jordan Staal moving to center Justin Williams and Brock McGinn.

Storm Advisory

  • Because of there not being a morning skate today, this audio from Bill Peters may be all we get before the pregame skate. [Hurricanes]
  • A new episode of CanesCast was released yesterday, with a guest appearance from Mr. 300 wins himself. [Hurricanes]
  • Happy trails to Chris Neil, who retired yesterday and is a long way from being caught in penalty minutes by any active player. [SB Nation]
  • All-Star game fan voting is now open and will remain open until the end of December. Vote now for your favorite Cane! [NHL]