NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, November 21st
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-8-6-0) at Buffalo Sabres (8-8-2-1), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes attempt to cure their road woes
tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.
Carolina is a meager 1-5-3 away from Raleigh, including four consecutive
losses. Overall, the Canes are winless in three straight (0-2-1) and 1-3-2 in
their last six.
On Thursday, Paul Maurice's club dropped a 6-1 contest in Ottawa, as the
Senators broke open a 1-1 tilt with five goals in the second period. The Sens
outshot the Canes by a 17-4 margin in the dominating frame.
Radim Vrbata tallied the lone goal for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Weekes
allowed all six scores on 20 shots before yielding to backup Jamie Storr.
Storr stopped all three shots he faced in the third period and will likely
receive the start tonight.
Rookie Eric Staal, the second-overall selection in the 2003 Entry Draft,
picked up an assist on Vrbata's marker. He is tied for the league helper lead
among rookies with Pittsburgh's Konstantin Koltsov (8).
Carolina will host Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Buffalo, meanwhile, is 1-2-1-1 in the last five games, including Wednesday's
4-1 loss at New Jersey. Buffalo had little luck against Martin Brodeur, as the
reigning Vezina winner made 21 saves to back the Devils win.
Daniel Briere scored the only goal for Buffalo, which has won just twice in
its last eight (2-3-2-1). Martin Biron started in net for the Sabres, but was
pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots.
Briere tallied his fifth goal of the season and is tied with Chris Drury for
the team lead at 13 points. Briere has already scored four markers in the
month of November.
The Sabres, 3-3-1-1 on home ice, will visit Tampa Bay on Saturday to kick off
a Florida road trip.
Buffalo and Carolina split four games last season, but the Sabres are 5-3-1 in
the last nine meetings. The Canes, however, have won in two of their last
three trips to HSBC Arena.
11/21 10:46:46 ET