Sabres Head To Raleigh To Take on Hurricanes Their First Of 11 Road Games In January

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Last Game:

Carolina: Jan 3 vs NY Islanders Loss(SO) 4-3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBuOKUSq3Y

Buffalo: Jan 3 vs. Oilers Won 4-3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vSDS5JtPrM

Record:

Carolina: 13-21-7

Buffalo: 18-17-4

Points:

Carolina: 33

Buffalo: 40

Rank In Conference:

Carolina: 15th

Buffalo: 11th

Power Play Ranking:

Carolina: 13.6(27th)

Buffalo: 18.8(T-13th)

Penalty Kill Ranking:

Carolina: 78.2(27th)

Buffalo: 83.8(10th)

Goals For:

Carolina: 106(T-11th)

Buffalo: 102(T-17th)

Goals Against:

Carolina: 136(30th)

Buffalo: 113(T-21st)

Shots For:

Carolina: 1238(9th)

Buffalo:  1136(19th)

Shots Against:

Carolina: 1289(29th)

Buffalo: 1217(T-22nd)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: 619(3rd)

Buffalo: 492(23rd)

Hits:

Carolina: 824(T-16th)

Buffalo: 694(27th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Carolina: 50.1(12th)

Buffalo: 50.8(11th)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Carolina: T. Ruutu(14), Skinner(12), LaRose(10), E. Staal and B. Sutter(9)

Buffalo: Vanek(18), Pominville(13), Adam(10), Roy(8)

Assists:

Carolina: J. Jokinen(18), E. Staal(16), McBain(13), Skinner(12)

Buffalo: Pominville(27), Vanek(21), Roy(16), Stafford(15)

Points:

Carolina: E. Staal(25), Skinner(24), T. Ruutu and J. Jokinen(22), LaRose(20)

Buffalo: Pominville(40), Vanek(39), Roy(24), Stafford(22)

Plus/Minus:

Carolina: A. Stewart(+4), Spacek(+3), Ri. Nash(+1), B. Allen, Gleason, and Nodl(EV)

Buffalo: Gragnani(+12), Gerbe(+7), Hecht(+2), Vanek and Leopold(+1)

Penalty Minutes:

Carolina: B. Allen(44), Gleason(37), T. Ruutu(36), LaRose(30)

Buffalo: Gaustad(61), Kaleta(54), Vanek(34), Stafford(32)

Shots:

Carolina: E. Staal(143), LaRose(116), Skinner(104), T. Ruutu(93)

Buffalo:  Vanek(115), Pominville(110), Stafford(97), Roy(90)

Blocked Shots:

Carolina: B. Allen(82), Gleason(65), Harrison(63), McBain(49)

Buffalo: Regehr(60), Sekera(50), Ehrhoff and Leopold(48), Myers(31)

Hits:

Carolina: LaRose(85), Dwyer(77), T. Ruutu(76),Ponikarovsky(75)

Buffalo: Regehr(96), Gaustad(68), Kaleta(55), Stafford(43)

Face-Off Wins:

Carolina: E. Staal(443), B. Sutter(352), J. Jokinen(268), Brent(123)

Buffalo: Roy(340), Gaustad(320), Pominville(119), Adam(103)

Notes:

Last Meeting: Nov 18 Sabres Won 1-0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOCHNWX6a1w

Season Series: Tied 1-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 95-62-24

All-Time at CAR: Sabres Lead 42-33-16

Tonight’s Goaltending Match-Up:

Carolina: Cam Ward 13-15-6 3.22 GAA .897 SV% 1 SO

Buffalo: Ryan Miller 10-10-2 3.05 GAA .900 SV% 1 SO

Isles win third straight, 4-3 in shootout, over ‘Canes

When Carolina and the New York Islanders met Tuesday night, there was no escaping the most obvious significance of the game: the winner would escape last place in the Eastern Conference.

So as New York’s Matt Moulson fielded postgame questions after the Islanders win, he jumped the gun on the first question. He raised his head, smiled and blurted out, “We’re not in last place anymore.”

The Islanders tied the game twice in the third period before PA Parenteau and Frans Nielsen delivered shootout goals for a 4-3 win over Carolina. It was the third straight victory for New York, after home wins against Calgary and Edmonton.

The Islanders (14-17-6) are one point in front of the Hurricanes, and just one point behind 13th-place Montreal.

“No one wants to be in last place,” said Parenteau, who scored the first goal of the shootout. “We’re not looking behind right now. We’ve got to play a little better than that if we’re going to catch these teams. But I think we have the team to do it, to get on a good ride right now.”

To a man, the Islanders lamented the quality of their team play against Carolina — but no one seemed too concerned about style points.

“We’ve got to jump one team at a time,” said Moulson, whose goal from the high slot in the first period opened the scoring. “We need to get points in games like tonight, where we didn’t have our best game. (Evgeni) Nabokov made some big saves and we were able to claw back and get two points.”

Nabokov finished the night with 37 saves before stopping Eric Staal and Chad LaRose in the shootout. Jussi Jokinen, Carolina’s first shooter, managed to score on a shot that trickled past the Islanders netminder. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots for the Hurricanes.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020577

Sabres edge Oilers in 4-3 win

After a series of frustrating finishes, Buffalo finally prevailed in a tight game Tuesday night.

Nathan Gerbe recorded an assist and a goal – the eventual game-winner – late in the third period, and Buffalo held off a furious Edmonton rally to beat the Oilers, 4-3, at First Niagara Center.

Buffalo (18-17-4, 40 points), which hadn’t played since New Year’s Eve, snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory. Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold also scored, and Drew Stafford had a goal and two assists. Ryan Miller made 23 saves to improve to 6-0-0 lifetime against Edmonton.

The win was just Buffalo’s second in eight games (2-5-1).

“We’ve talked about it enough. Bottom line is guys knew we just needed to go out there and get it done,” Stafford said. “It feels good to get those two points. Now, hopefully we can string a few together.”

Stafford started an exciting final six minutes when he finished off Derek Roy’s centering pass – which had been stalled in the low slot by Gerbe – by cleaning it up past Khabibulin for a 3-2 lead at 14:34.

“I kept whacking at it, and finally got one, got a break,” Stafford said. “It’s nice to finally get rewarded with a break.”

Stafford’s high puck clearance flew over the outstretched glove of the Oilers defenseman, allowing Gerbe to sneak in behind and skate in alone on goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. Gerbe skated across the goal and backhanded it up and over Khabibulin’s left shoulder at 16:38 of the third.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2011020574&navid=sb:recap

Injury Report:

Carolina: Pitkanen Concussion/Knee Surgery(IR/Out), Boucher Lower Body(IR/Out), Skinner Concussion(IR/Out), Dwyer Upper Body(Questionable)

Buffalo: Leino Broken Foot(IR/Out), Stuart Lower Body(IR/Out), Ennis Left Ankle(Out), Sekera Upper Body(Out), Ehrhoff Upper Body(Out), Myers Broken Wrist(IR/Probable)

Next 5 Games:

Jan 7 vs. Winnipeg Jets 7:00 PM(MSG HD, CBC HD)

Jan 10 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 13 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD, TSN HD)

Jan 14 at New York Islanders 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

Jan 16 at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM(MSG HD)

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