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Sabres Face Off Against Hurricanes In Home Opener

Sabres vs. Hurricanes    7:30 PM

Last Game:
Carolina: Oct 12 vs. Bruins-Hurricanes Won 3-2

Buffalo: Oct 8 vs. Kings-Sabres Won 4-2

Record:
Carolina: 1-2-1
Buffalo: 2-0-0

Points:
Carolina: 3
Buffalo: 4

Rank In Conference:
Carolina: 9th
Buffalo: 3rd

Power Play Ranking:
Carolina: 16.7(T-13th)
Buffalo: 37.5(2nd)

Penalty Kill Ranking:
Carolina: 76.2(25th)
Buffalo: 85.7(T-13th)

Goals For:
Carolina: 9(T-9th)
Buffalo: 8(T-13th)

Goals Against:
Carolina: 15(T-28th)
Buffalo: 3(T-2nd)

Shots For:
Carolina: 124(T-4th)
Buffalo: 51(27th)

Shots Against:
Carolina: 124(26th)
Buffalo: 63(9th)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: 65(3rd)
Buffalo: 32(22nd)

Hits:
Carolina: 81(T-7th)
Buffalo: 31(T-25th)

Faceoff Percentage:
Carolina: 47.9(21st)
Buffalo: 49.6(16th)

Team Leaders:
Goals:
Carolina: Staal(2), Skinner, Jokinen, Pitkanen, LaRose, Stewart, Ponikarovsky, Tlusty(1)
Buffalo: Vanek and Adam(2), Pominville, Leino, Gaustad, Stafford(1)

Assists:
Carolina: Skinner(4), Gleason(3), Jokinen and Allen(2)
Buffalo: Pominville and Vanek(3), Adam and Gerbe(2)

Points:
Carolina: Skinner(5), Staal, Jokinen, Gleason(3), Pitkanen and Allen(2)
Buffalo: Vanek(5), Pominville and Adam(4), Gerbe(2)

Plus/Minus:
Carolina: Gleason(+5), Allen(+3), Jokinen and Ponikarovsky(+2)
Buffalo: Gragnani, Pominville, Adam, Sekera(+3), Boyes and Vanek(+2)

Penalty Minutes:
Carolina: Faulk(10), Jokinen(6), Staal, Allen, Ponikarovsky, LaRose, Pitkanen(4)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff, Stafford, Regehr(4), Roy, Gerbe, Gaustad, Vanek(2)

Shots:
Carolina: Staal(13), Jokinen(12), Skinner and Kaberle(11), Ponikarovsky and LaRose(10)
Buffalo: Vanek(10), Pominville(6), Ennis and Stafford(5), Gerbe(4)

Blocked Shots:
Carolina: Allen(15), Harrison(10), Gleason(8), Faulk and Jokinen(6), Kaberle(4)
Buffalo: Regehr(9), Ehrhoff(5), Leopold and Myers(4), Gaustad and Pominville(2)

Hits:
Carolina: LaRose and Tlusty(9), Allen and Ponikarovsky(7), Faulk and Gleason(6)
Buffalo: Regehr(7), Gerbe(4), McCormick(3), 5 players with (2)

Face-Off Wins:
Carolina: Sutter(45), Staal(40), Brent and Jokinen(16), LaRose(3)
Buffalo: Gaustad(21), Roy(14), Leino(10), Adam(9), Pominville(6)

Today’s Starting Goaltender Matchup:
Carolina: Cam Ward 1-2-0 3.35 GAA .885 SV% 0 SO
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 2-0-0 1.50 GAA .952 SV% 0 SO

Notes:
Last Meeting: Apr 3, 2011 @ Carolina-Sabres Won 2-1(OT)

Season Series:
Sabres Won 2-1-1(2010-2011 Season)
All-Time vs. Carolina: Sabres Lead 97-65-18
All-Time @ Buffalo: Sabres Lead 55-29-7

‘Canes hold off Bruins 3-2 for first win

After three losses to start the season, the Carolina Hurricanes finally found an opponent they could beat: the defending Stanley Cup champs.
Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty scored for Carolina, and Cam Ward stopped 26 shots as the Hurricanes beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 Wednesday night for their first win of the season.
Despite getting just one point in their first three games, coach Paul Maurice had continued to stress his approval of the Hurricanes’ overall game. This time, the ‘Canes got the result they wanted.
“You just want it all to come together for 60 minutes,” Maurice said. “I thought our defense played a real hard game tonight. I really liked.”
http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020036

Adam leads Sabres to 4-2 win over Kings

The culmination of a week-long trip through proved to be the sweetest moment of Buffalo’s European trip.
Saturday night, just moments after taking a 4-2 victory to cop the maximum points on the season-opening weekend at the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere, the Sabres stood on the ice celebrating with a sold-out crowd in the O2 World Arena, the fans serenading the players — especially German defenseman Christian Ehrhoff and Austrian forward Thomas Vanek, who had two assists — before they left the ice.
Asked if they would take the unique victory celebration home, Vanek laughed.
“Maybe that and the German beer, too,” Vanek said, drawing a laugh from the German media. “I think it’s something that the European players are used to with their clubs. I think for the rest of our guys, it was a pretty cool thing. I don’t know. We’ll have to see if we keep winning.”
http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020022

 

This Day In Sabres History:

October 14, 2008
Thomas Vanek is becoming a penalty-killing specialist for the Buffalo Sabres.
Vanek scored twice, including a shorthanded goal, to help the Sabres beat the New York Islanders, 7-1, yesterday in Uniondale, N.Y.
“That was my first shorthanded goal at any level of hockey,” Vanek said. “It was good.”
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said he made a deal with Vanek before the season started.
“I told him if he worked hard and kept his legs moving, he would see penalty-killing time,” Ruff said. “My goal is to make him the best
two-way player in hockey, and he has the potential to do that.”

Injury Report:
Carolina: No Injuries To Report
Buffalo: Hecht Concussion(Out)

Next 5 Games:
Oct 15 at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 18 at Montreal Canadiens 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN, RDS HD)
Oct 20 at Florida Panthers 7:30 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 22 at Tampa Bay Lightning 7:00 PM(MSG HD)
Oct 25 vs Tampa Bay Lightning 7:30 PM(Versus HD, TSN2)

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