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

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The Hurricanes take on the Buffalo Sabres tonight riding four wins in their last five games.

Jamie Kellner

The Hurricanes return home tonight after three games on the road - and a sojourn that began almost three weeks ago - to wrap up their final matchup before the Christmas break on Social Media Night in PNC Arena.


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 trail all time with a 80-96-23-1 record, including a more positive 45-41-14 record on home ice.
  • Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the Canes and Sabres, and the only one at PNC Arena. The Canes have picked up two wins, one of which came in overtime this season.
  • A win tonight would give the Canes their second series sweep in as many seasons against the Sabres.
  • The team is 11-4-2 in their last 17 games against Buffalo, and they’ve earned at least a point in 10 of their last 12 games against the Sabres on Edwards Mill Road.
  • Jeff Skinner led the team with four points (3g, 1a) in three games last season and has recorded 15 points (11g, 4a) in 23 games against Buffalo.
  • Scott Darling is 3-0-0 with a 1.68 GAA and a .944 SV% in three NHL games against the Sabres.

Storm Advisory

  • The USA and Canada will play their first outdoor matchup on December 29th in the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships. [NHL]
  • Take advantage of special ticket offers tonight in PNC Arena for Social Media Night, among other promotions. [Hurricanes]
  • The NHL once considered putting an expansion team in...Hershey, Pennsylvania?!?! Apparently so. [Russian Machine Never Breaks]