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Buffalo: January 4 vs Devils Won 2-1
Carolina: January 5 vs Predators Won 2-1
Rank In Conference:
Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)
Carolina: 9th(4th in Metropolitan)
Power Play Rankings:
Penalty Kill Rankings:
Buffalo: Moulson(14), Hodgson and Ennis(8), Foligno and Ott(5), Girgensons, Stafford, and Myers(4)
Carolina: Skinner(20), E. Staal(10), J. Staal and Gerbe(9), Sekera(7)
Buffalo: Moulson and Ehrhoff(13), Hodgson(11), Girgensons(10), Stafford(9)
Carolina: E. Staal(25), Sekera(17), Skinner and Faulk(13), Semin(12)
Buffalo: Moulson(27), Hodgson(19), Ennis(16), Ehrhoff(15)
Carolina: E. Staal(35), Skinner(33), Sekera(24), J. Staal and Gerbe(20)
Buffalo: Ellis(+1), Sulzer, Adam, and McNabb(EV), Kaleta, D’Agostini, and Omark(-1), Larsson(-2)
Carolina: Malhotra(+5), Dvoraek(+4), J. Staal, Dwyer, Liles, and Harrison(+3), Sekera, Nash, and Boychuk(+1)
Buffalo: Scott(60), Foligno(57), Konopka(55), Myers(46)
Carolina: E. Staal(48), Harrison(30), Ruutu(26), Gerbe and Faulk(24)
Buffalo: Moulson(100), Stafford(97), Ennis(91), Ehrhoff(84)
Carolina: Gerbe(123), Skinner(116), E. Staal(115), Semin(93)
Buffalo: Hodgson(259), Ott(238), Konopka(166), Foligno(126)
Carolina: E. Staal(427), J. Staal(396), Malhotra(294), Nash(143)
Buffalo: Ott(137), Foligno(97), Weber(87), Girgensons(80)
Carolina: Ruutu(116), Bellemore(103), J. Staal(99), Harrison(71)
Buffalo: Ehrhoff(61), Myers(59), Weber(58), Tallinder and Pysyk(46)
Carolina: Faulk(68), Sekera(65), Hainsey(63), Bellemore(50)
Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:
Buffalo: Ryan Miller 11-18-1 2.64 GAA .927 SV% 0 SO
Carolina: Justin Peters 7-9-4 2.38 GAA .922 SV% 1 SO
Last Meeting: March 5, 2013 Sabres 3 Hurricanes 4
Season Series: Hurricanes Won 3-0-0
All-Time: Sabres Lead 96-66-24
All-Time vs CAR: Sabres Lead 54-30-8
January 23 vs Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
March 13 at Hurricanes 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
Last Game Recap:
2 Power Play Goals Lead To Sabres 2-1 Victory Over Devils
The Buffalo Sabres finally got their power play working Saturday night and it helped them earn two points in the standings.
Matt Moulson and Matt D’Agostini each tallied with the man advantage in Buffalo’s 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at a sold-out First Niagara Center. Ryan Miller stopped 20 shots in goal.
The Sabres hadn’t scored two power-play goals in the same game since Oct. 8 against Tampa Bay.
D’Agostini, who netted the game-winner with 8:11 remaining in the third period, scored his first of the season and his first since April 18 when he was with the Devils.
“It was good. I’ve been getting the chances, just not capitalizing on them,” D’Agostini said. “I was trying not to let that wear on me too much and just keep playing my game, but it was good to get one to fall tonight.”
The Sabres are 6-0-1 in their last seven home games and have points in seven straight at home for the first time since a run from February 19 to March 7, 2012. Coming off two losses on the road, the Sabres felt like it was important to come back and earn two points.
“We definitely need that and we’ve got to start translating it into road games obviously, but at least we can come home and have a good effort and keep building,” Miller said.
The last time the two teams played, the Devils scored the game’s only goal with 40.2 seconds in overtime. For almost two full periods, it looked like the two clubs could be battling in yet another extended goalless affair.
That is until Moulson put in his 14th goal of the season.
Moulson opened the scoring with 30.4 seconds remaining in the second period on the power play. Tyler Ennis skated around the Devils net and put a puck on goal, only to have the rebound deflect to Moulson, who lifted it into the net over Cory Schneider’s blocker.
“It was a great play by [Ennis] circling around there and throwing it in front. I was lucky enough to kind of find it and put it in the net,” Moulson said. “Marcus did a great job in front of the net and kind of took that defender with him, kind of left me open there so it was a good play and we were generating some good chances on that little segment there.”
He’s scored seven of his eight goals since joining the Sabres on home ice.
Sabres put home streak on line vs. surging Hurricanes
Last 10: Carolina 5-3-2; Buffalo 5-3-2
Big story: The Hurricanes hope to win their fifth game in a row. The Sabres, who started the season 0-8-1 on home ice, look for their sixth consecutive win at First Niagara Center.
“Getting back to simple hockey,” Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers said when asked about the recent success at home after a 2-1 win Saturday against the New Jersey Devils. “Tonight I thought we got back to playing the game we need to if we want to have success.”
Hurricanes: Carolina has won a season-high four games in a row, all by one goal, despite getting outshot in each of their past three. They defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Sunday with Jeff Skinner picking up a goal and an assist. He was named the NHL’s first star of the week Monday with six goals and nine points in four games.
“I just keep trying to hit the net. (Tuomo) Ruutu made a great pass to me and I just tried to get it through to the net. I think it went through their defenseman’s legs. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes,” Skinner said Sunday.
His third-period goal was the game-winner. Skinner now has four game-winning goals this season.
“He’s scoring, but he is scoring clutch goals. That’s a difference as well. The guys that we needed to score tonight in a grinding-type game — three games in four nights — came through for us,” coach Kirk Muller said.
Sabres: Matt D’Agostini scored his first goal of the season midway through the third period Saturday night, and it turned out to be the game-winner against New Jersey.
“We knew it was going to be hard to come by but we stuck with our game plan and got the goals that we needed,” D’Agostini told Sabres TV after the game.
Buffalo has had trouble scoring goals all season but has now won three of its past four one-goal games.
Who’s hot: Skinner has a five-game scoring streak (six goals, four assists) for the Hurricanes. Alexander Semin has eight points in seven games. … Recently named to the U.S. Olympic team, Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is 3-1-1 in his past five starts with a .951 save percentage.
Buffalo: McCormick Upper Body(IR/Out), Hodgson Upper Body(IR/Out), Porter Lower Body(IR/Out), Tallinder Upper Body(IR/Out), Stafford Upper Body(Out), Myers Suspension(Out), Leino Lower Body(Questionable)
Carolina: Pitkanen Left Heel Surgery(IR/Out), Tlusty Appendectomy(IR/Out), Ward Lower Body(IR/Out), Nash Lower Body(IR/Out), E. Staal Lower Body(Out)
Next 5 Games:
January 9 vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD)
January 12 at Washington Capitals 3:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV HD/NHLN-CA HD)
January 14 vs Philadelphia Flyers 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD/TSN HD)
January 15 at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 PM(MSG HD/TSN HD)
January 18 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM(MSG HD)