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Carolina Hurricanes at Buffalo Sabres: Game Preview

The Canes start a two-game set against the Sabres Tuesday in Buffalo.

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes open up a really busy portion of the schedule Tuesday night in Buffalo, as Carolina will play three games in the next four days and won’t have back-to-back off days until April 19 and 20.

On the other hand, the Canes have moved into a portion of their schedule that should produce results, as their next four games are against non-playoff teams including two straight here against the Sabres.

Carolina is looking to rebound from a tough home loss to Minnesota, a loss that snapped a nice little point streak. Buffalo is coming off a loss to Florida which snapped an eight-game point streak.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 54-20-8 51-26-5
Goals/Game 3.38 3.08
Goals Against/Game 2.44 2.66
Shots/Game 34.12 36.12
Face Off Win % 53.9% 54.2%
Power Play % (Rank) 22.0% (13th) 21.2% (15th)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 88.0% (1st) 81.3% (9th)
ES Corsi For % 43.86% 56.14%
ES PDO 113.44 86.56
PIM/Game 12:00 22:00

Goaltender #1

Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Category Frederik Andersen Linus Ullmark
Record 35-14-3 26-10-2
Save % .922 .917
GAA 2.17 2.45

Goaltender #2

Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Category Antti Raanta Jeremy Swayman
Record 15-5-4 23-14-3
Save % .912 .914
GAA 2.45 2.41

Game Notes

  • The Hurricanes will reach 100 points with a win Tuesday night, giving the team triple digits for just the second time in franchise history. With 98 points and 13 games left to play, the Canes have a very good chance to break the franchise best 112 points set back in 2005-06.
  • Carolina won the first meeting between these teams earlier this year, a 6-2 victory in PNC Arena which featured three-point games from Sebastian Aho and Vincent Trocheck.
  • All time, Carolina is 86-96-19-6 against Buffalo with a 37-54-7-4 record on the road.
  • Max Domi has yet to score a goal for the Hurricanes, but his first will be his 100th in the NHL.
  • Jordan Staal has a milestone within reach Tuesday as well, as the captain is one point shy of 600.
  • Both Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen are on seven-game point streaks.
  • Speaking of the dynamic Finnish duo, they have combined for 39 goals this season. Their career best together is 43, a number they’re likely to pass this season.
  • The Hurricanes have won 11 straight games against the Buffalo Sabres, the longest win streak against a single opponent in franchise history.