NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 28th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (20-14-4) at Buffalo Sabres (26-7-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will aim for their sixth
consecutive victory this evening, when they visit the mighty Buffalo Sabres at
The Hurricanes picked up the last two triumphs in the current streak in a
sweep of a home-and-home series with Florida. They earned an overtime win in
Sunrise on Saturday before returning home for Tuesday's 4-2 win at the RBC
On Tuesday, Cam Ward made 25 saves and Eric Staal recorded two assists as the
Hurricanes downed Florida.
Justin Williams, Rod Brind'Amour, Scott Walker and Cory Stillman all tallied
for the Hurricanes. Williams is in the midst of an eight-game point-scoring
stretch and has seven goals and two assists during the tear.
Another win tonight would give Carolina its longest winning streak since
posting nine consecutive W's from December 31-Janaury 19 of last season.
The Hurricanes are 10-9-3 as the visitor this season.
Buffalo, which is first in the Eastern Conference and second in the NHL with
55 points, is coming off Tuesday's win over the Washington Capitals. Chris
Drury had two goals and a pair of assists as the Sabres stormed out of the
gates and held on to drop the visiting Caps, 6-3.
Ales Kotalik donated a goal and two assists while Ryan Miller turned away 23
shots for the Sabres, who have won two of their last three contests.
Tonight marks the second portion of a four-game homestand for Buffalo, which
is 11-4-2 at HSBC Arena this season.
The Sabres and Carolina have met three times this year, and Buffalo has won
all of those encounters. Buffalo has taken four straight and eight of the last
12 regular-season matches in the series.
The Hurricanes beat the Sabres in seven games during last year's Eastern
Conference finals. Carolina went on to win the first-ever Stanley Cup
championship in team history.
12/28 10:34:48 ET