NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, February 15th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (27-24-5) at Buffalo Sabres (29-21-6), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to complete their three-game
homestand with a victory as they host the Carolina Hurricanes in tonight's
matchup at HSBC Arena.
The Sabres have won three of their last five games overall and are 1-1 so far
on the residency, as they lost a 3-1 decision to Ottawa on Wednesday before
posting a 6-5 win over San Jose on Friday. Buffalo is 16-10-2 as the host this
year and has won six of its last seven at HSBC.
On Friday, Derek Roy capped a wild and emotional affair with the
game-winning shootout score, and Ryan Miller made it stand up with a stop of
Milan Michalek as Buffalo edged San Jose after blowing a three-goal lead.
Jason Pominville, who sent the game to overtime after Buffalo watched a 4-1
edge disappear, logged a goal and an assist along with Roy and Ales Kotalik
as the Sabres halted a two-game slide to end what was an emotional night for
the citizens of western New York.
The Sabres observed a moment of silence to respect those lost in the tragedy
of Flight 3407 prior to the game. Thursday's accident, in which a commuter
plane crashed into house near the city, claimed the lives of all 49 on board
the plane and one person on the ground.
The Hurricanes come into tonight's test having lost two straight and three of
their last five games. Carolina has been blown out in back-to-back games,
losing those home tests by a combined 10-1 margin.
After getting shut out by Florida, 5-0, on Thursday, the Hurricanes were
handed Saturday's 5-1 loss by Columbus.
Kristian Huselius scored twice and added a helper, as Columbus crowned
Carolina at RBC Center.
Dennis Seidenberg provided the only offense for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward
allowed four goals on only 19 shots in defeat.
Carolina has won two straight and four of its last six road tests, but is just
13-12-4 as the guest this season. Next up for the 'Canes is Tuesday's home
tilt against Boston, the top team in the Eastern Conference this season.
Buffalo notched a 3-1 home win over the Hurricanes in the only meeting between
the clubs this year on January 17. The Sabres have taken two straight, three
of four and eight of the last 10 matchups in the series, while Carolina has
dropped five straight and seven of nine in Buffalo.
02/15 10:46:22 ET