NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Wednesday, November 9th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (10-2-1) at Buffalo Sabres (7-7-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes take aim at their franchise-record
eighth straight win this evening when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC
The Hurricanes picked up their seventh win a row on Saturday, beating the
Florida Panthers, 2-0, at the RBC Center. The streak tied the club mark set by
the Hartford Whalers from March 16-29, 1985.
Martin Gerber stopped 27 shots for his first full shutout of the season and
Carolina scored twice in the third period. The Hurricanes haven't lost in
regulation since a 3-2 loss at the New York Islanders on October 8. They are
9-0-1 since that game.
On Saturday, Rod Brind'Amour and Niclas Wallin each tallied in the game's
final nine minutes.
Eric Staal posted an assist on Wallin's goal to extend his point streak to
eight games. He has six goals and 12 assists in that stretch.
With 21 points, the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes are off to the best
start in franchise history through 13 games.
Meanwhile, the Sabres were handed their third straight loss Saturday. Buffalo
was handed a 3-2 setback to the Canadiens in Montreal. Alexei Kovalev scored
two goals and Richard Zednik netted the game-winner early in the third period
for the Habs.
J.P. Dumont and Paul Gaustad scored goals, Maxim Afinogenov had two assists
and Martin Biron stopped 26 of 29 shots for the Sabres, who have lost five of
their last six games.
The Sabres went 3-1 against Carolina in 2003-04 and have won four of five and
five of the last seven meetings. The Hurricanes have also dropped eight of
their last 11 games in Buffalo.
11/09 11:04:33 ET