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

The Hurricanes take on another team in the playoff hunt in Buffalo tonight in the second of five straight on the road.

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Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes look to build on an exceptional win in Pittsburgh tonight as they take on Jeff Skinner and the Buffalo Sabres for the second time this season.

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 took the first matchup of the season on January 11th with a 4-3 win in PNC Arena. Sebastian Aho scored two goals and Micheal Ferland posted the first three point (1g, 2a) night of his career. Jeff Skinner tallied a goal in his first game back in PNC Arena since the big offseason trade.
  • The Hurricanes and Sabres are tied in the standings with 58 points while the Sabres have one game in hand. Both are on the outside looking in as they sit three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets in the WC2 spot. The Canes could make up some major ground in the playoff race tonight if they can come out on the right side of a four point game.
  • The two teams will meet once more this season when the Sabres visit Raleigh on March 16th.
  • The Hurricanes have won seven consecutive games against the Sabres, their longest active winning streak against any opponent in the NHL.
  • Sebastian Aho is historically hot against Buffalo, logging eight points (5g, 3a) in seven career games against Buffalo. Dougie Hamilton has posted 14 points (7g, 7a) in 19 career games against the Sabres.
  • A reminder: tonight is a Fox Sports Southeast game. Plan accordingly.

Storm Advisory

  • Trade alert!
  • Mikko Koskinen has not been lighting it up in Edmonton since signing a three-year extension.
  • Brian jumped on Adam Gold’s Canes Corner podcast with The North State Journal’s Cory Lavalette to talk all things Canes hockey.
  • Sebastian Aho’s agent Gerry Johannson was quoted in Pierre LeBrun’s piece about Auston Matthew’s new deal. [The Athletic ($)]
  • Tripp Tracy joined the debut of the Hurricanes Report on WFNZ in Charlotte to talk about hockey and specifically Sebastian Aho.