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Sabres Head To Raleigh Looking For Answers And First Win 7:30 PM(NBCSN HD, WGR550)

@ 7:30 PM

Last Game:

Buffalo: Oct 13th vs Ducks Loss 5-1

Carolina: Oct 11th @ NY Islanders Loss 4-3

Record:

Buffalo: 0-3-0

Carolina: 0-2-0

Points:

Buffalo: 0

Carolina: 0

Rank In Conference:

Buffalo: 16th(8th in Atlantic)

Carolina: 15th(8th in Metropolitan)

Goals For:

Buffalo: 4(T-25th)

Carolina: 6(T-19th)

Goals Against:

Buffalo: 14(T-29th)

Carolina: 9(T-18th)

Power Play Rankings:

Buffalo: 0.0%(T-24th)

Chicago: 44.4%(T-3rd)

Penalty Kill Rankings:

Buffalo: 78.6%(T-18th)

Carolina: 50.0%(30th)

Shots For:

Buffalo: 57(23rd)

Carolina: 48(30th)

Shots Against:

Buffalo: 131(30th)

Carolina: 57(T-11th)

Face-Off Percentage:

Buffalo: 40.9%(30th)

Carolina: 50.4%(14th)

Hits:

Buffalo: 65(T-14th)

Carolina: 50(20th)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: 54(3rd)

Carolina: 24(T-23rd)

Team Leaders:

Goals:

Buffalo: Girgensons and Ennis(2)

Carolina: Tlusty(3), E. Staal, Gerbe, and Terry(1)

Assists:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Foligno, Moulson, and Meszaros(1)

Carolina: Sekera and Semin(2)

Points:

Buffalo: Stafford(3), Ennis and Girgensons(2), Foligno, Moulson, and Meszaros(1)

Carolina: Tlusty(4), E. Staal, Sekera, and Semin(2)

Plus/Minus:

Buffalo: 7 Players Tied With EV Rating

Carolina: Nash(+2), Terry and Brown(+1), Tlusty, Gleason, and Murphy(EV)

Penalty Minutes:

Buffalo: Weber(9), Benoit(6), Meszaros, Myers, and McCormick(4)

Carolina: Harrison(19), Gleason and Brown(4), Semin, Gerbe, Rask, and Malone(2)

Shots:

Buffalo: Stewart(9), Girgensons(7), Ennis, Moulson, and Benoit(5) Gionta, Stafford, and Myers(4)

Carolina: Tlusty and Semin(6), McClement(5)

Face-Off Wins:

Buffalo: Girgensons(19), Ennis(13), Hodgson(10), McCormick, Reinhart, and Stafford(8)

Carolina: E. Staal(19), McClement(13), Rask(10), Nash(7)

Hits:

Buffalo: Deslauriers(12), Weber(10), Foligno(7), Girgensons(5)

Carolina: Gleason and Malone(8), Gerbe(6), Brown(5), Faulk, McClement, and Rask(3)

Blocked Shots:

Buffalo: Gorges(13), Benoit(8), Weber(6), Meszaros(5)

Carolina: Sekera(4), Faulk and Hainsey(3), Gleason, McClement, and Murphy(2)

Starting Lineups:

Sabres Forward Lines:

Stafford-Ennis-Moulson

Hodgson-Girgensons-Stewart

Mitchell-Reinhart-Gionta

Deslauriers-McCormick-Flynn

Sabres Defense Pairings:

Myers-Gorges

Benoit-Meszaros

Weber-Ristolaninen

Hurricanes Forward Lines:

Semin-Staal-Tlusty

Gerbe-Rask-Lindholm

Dwyer-McClement-Malone

Terry-Nash-Brown

Hurricanes Defense Pairings:

Sekera-Faulk

Murphy-Harrison

Gleason-Liles

Tonight’s Starting Goaltending Matchup:

Buffalo: Jhonas Enroth 2 GP 0-2-0 4.50 GAA .897 SV% 0 SO

Carolina: Cam Ward 1 GP 0-1-0 5.08 GAA .808 SV% 0 SO

Notes:

Last Meeting: March 13th Hurricanes Won 4-2

Season Series: Hurricanes Won 2-1-0

All-Time: Sabres Lead 97-68-18-4-2

All-Time @ CAR: Sabres Lead 42-37-11-3-2

Upcoming Matchups:

January 8th @ Hurricanes 7:00 PM

April 6th vs Hurricanes 7:00 PM

Last Game Recap:

Rookie Karlsson’s two goals pace Ducks past Sabres

The Anaheim Ducks wanted to play the perfect road game and they came as close to getting it on Monday with a 5-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center.

Rookie forward William Karlsson scored his first two NHL goals to lead the Ducks. Corey Perry, Matt Beleskey, and Ryan Kesler scored and goalie Frederik Andersen made 11 saves to help Anaheim earn its second consecutive win.

“That’s one of the better efforts I’ve seen a team play. Not just offensively, but defensively as well,” Kesler said after the Ducks outshot the Sabres 44-12. “We didn’t give them much and the chances we did give them, [Andersen] was there. I think it was a full team effort tonight. It wasn’t just one or two lines, it was everybody pulling the same direction. When you get that, you get a result like that.”

Perry’s power-play goal opened the scoring with 4:30 left in the first period. His goal came on the Ducks’ fourth power play of the period and helped them settle into the game. Anaheim outshot Buffalo 17-3 in the first.

“Perry’s goal was huge,” Kesler said. “It’s the difference between a 0-0 game and a 1-0 game where you’re 0-for-4 on the power play in the first, so that was a huge goal. We were getting chances, we were getting zone time, but we just couldn’t bury them and finally Corey got one.”

Sabres forward Tyler Ennis scored his second goal at 6:36 of the third. Ennis chipped the puck past Andersen after a pass from behind the net by Matt Moulson. The goal was the first scored by the Sabres in the third period this season.

“That’s the first I think I’ve ever experienced that,” Ennis said about the Sabres’ 12 shots on goal. “So we need to learn from it. We need to be mad. We need to be angry.”

The Sabres have been outshot by their opponents in each of their first three games and 131-57 overall.

“Sometimes if you have nothing good to say, it’s better not to say too much, especially after an outing like this,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “That was like an NHL team playing against a peewee team. They dominated us from start to finish. They did all the right things. Everything that we could do wrong we did do wrong.”

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/recap?id=2014020036&navid=sb:recap

Tonight’s Preview:

Sabres, Hurricanes seeking first win of season

Season series: This is the first of three games between the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Each team will be seeking its first win of the season Tuesday.

Sabres team scope: The Sabres enter the game coming off a 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. The Sabres were outshot by the Ducks 44-12 and have been outshot by opponents 131-57 in three games this season. “Two steps ahead, and we try to catch up and [we’re] out of position, not strong enough, not committed enough,” Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. “No desperation, that’s the bottom line. To me, that’s probably the most frustrating. We haven’t got a whole lot of superstars on our team. … The only way you’re going to stay in this League is you got to play with some kind of desperation, some kind of want that you actually want to play.” The Sabres have had offensive problems as well; Buffalo has four goals this season, two each for forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Tyler Ennis. “You look at two forwards, probably those are the only two guys that worked,” Nolan said. “This game is hard enough to play when you’re giving your best and giving everything you’ve got. When you don’t, these games like [Monday] are going to happen.”

Hurricanes team scope: The Hurricanes dropped back-to-back games to the New York Islanders on Friday and Saturday. Carolina will be without two more key forwards; captain Eric Staal is out with an upper-body injury and Patrick Dwyer has a lower-body injury. They are already without Jeff Skinner (concussion) and Jordan Staal (broken leg). “It’s a long, long year and we’re getting hit with some injuries right now, but you play through it and away you go,” Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said. “That’s why you have guys down in the minors that are NHL players that are ready to go and help you out.” The Hurricanes recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League on Sunday.

http://www.nhl.com/gamecenter/en/preview?id=2014020041&navid=sb:preview

Injury Report:

Buffalo: Kaleta Facial Fractures(IR/Out), Hackett Undisclosed(IR/Out), McCabe Undisclosed(IR/Out), Pysyk Upper Body(IR/Out), Foligno Undisclosed(Questionable)

Carolina: J. Staal Broken Right Leg(IR/Out), Skinner Concussion(IR/Out), Dwyer Lower Body Injury(Questionable), E. Staal Upper Body Injury(Questionable)

Next 5 Games:

October 17th vs Florida Panthers 7:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 18th vs Boston Bruins 7:00 PM(MSG HD/FX-CA)

October 22nd @ Anaheim Ducks 10:30PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 23rd @ Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

October 25th @ San Jose Sharks 4:00 PM(MSG HD/Bell TV)

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