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Saturday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (21-19-5) at Buffalo Sabres (22-17-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will try to halt their longest
losing streak of the season when they visit the Buffalo Sabres for tonight's
encounter at HSBC Arena.
The Hurricanes have lost four straight contests and are in danger of dropping
five straight for the first time since December 5-15, 2006.
All four of the losses on the current slide have come in regulation and
Carolina has been outscored by a combined 20-8 margin during the skid. The
skid has been costly, as the Hurricanes are now tied with the Florida Panthers
for second place in the Southeast Division with 47 points each.
The Hurricanes were last in action on Thursday and were dealt a tough loss by
the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Carolina came back from 4-0 deficit to tie
the game, but Toronto scored the final two goals of the game to win by a 6-4
Jason Blake recorded his first hat trick of the season and Tomas Kaberle
netted a power-play goal late in regulation to lift the Maple Leafs to the
Matt Cullen, Tuomo Ruutu, Eric Staal and Scott Walker tallied for the
Hurricanes, while Cam Ward surrendered five goals on just 23 shots in the
Tonight marks the opener of a four-game road trip for the Hurricanes, who are
9-9-4 as the visiting team and have dropped seven of their last 10 games away
Meanwhile, the Sabres were able to end a two-game slide their last time out,
picking up a close victory in Dallas on Thursday. Jason Pominville tallied in
the sixth round of the shootout, and Buffalo rallied from a three-goal deficit
to top the Stars, 5-4, at American Airlines Center.
The first four rounds of the shootout proved fruitless for both teams, and
both teams scored in the fifth round: Dallas' Jere Lehtinen put a wrist shot
over Ryan Miller's left shoulder, and Buffalo's Derek Roy scored on a nifty
backhand move that forced Marty Turco to the ground.
The Stars' Mark Parrish was denied on a backhand shot to start the sixth
round, and Pominville ended the game with a quick wrist shot over Turco's left
Paul Gaustad scored twice, while Jochen Hecht and Clarke MacArthur also scored
for the Sabres, who have won five of seven overall. Miller made 21 saves to
take the win.
Tonight's test is Buffalo's last home game of the month, as the club will kick
off a six-game road trip Monday at Florida. The Sabres, who will next host a
game on February 4 against Toronto, are 12-9-2 on home ice this season.
This is the first of four meetings between Carolina and the Sabres this year
after the clubs split the season series a year ago. Buffalo has taken two of
three and seven of nine from the Hurricanes and Carolina has lost four in a
row and six of its last eight stops in western New York.
01/17 10:20:21 ET