NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, March 8th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (32-27-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (36-29-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes will go for their fourth straight
win tonight, as they take on the playoff hopeful Buffalo Sabres at the RBC
The Hurricanes have won a season-high three straight games for the fourth time
this year after Thursday's 3-2 decision over Minnesota. Carolina hasn't posted
four straight victories since a five-game win streak from December 16-26,
On Thursday, Matt Cullen recorded a goal and an assist and Cam Ward stopped 26
shots as the Hurricanes held off the Wild. Scott Walker and Erik Cole also
tallied and Joe Corvo added a pair of assists for Carolina, which won for the
sixth time in its last seven contests.
Corvo now has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games since joining
Carolina from Ottawa by way of a trade.
Carolina activated defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from injured reserve prior to
the game. He had been sidelined for the last 20 games while recovering from an
ankle injury. Seidenberg has a career-high 12 assists in 40 games this season.
The Hurricanes lead the Southeast Division by five points over second-place
Washington, which plays in Boston this afternoon.
Carolina has won nine of its past 11 as the hosts and plays its second in a
row at home tonight. The Hurricanes are 20-12-3 at RBC Center this year.
The Sabres are battling to get into the playoff picture, as they sit ninth in
the Eastern Conference and three points behind eighth-seeded Philadelphia.
Buffalo has lost three of its last four tests, including Wednesday's 3-1
setback to Washington.
Ales Kotalik scored the only goal for Buffalo, while Ryan Miller received the
loss after allowing three goals on 23 shots. Jason Pominville and Jaroslav
Spacek each had an assist, with Pominville stretching his point streak to a
league-best 10 games (6g, 6a).
Buffalo could receive a boost tonight, as Jochen Hecht may return to the ice
after missing the last seven games due to a groin injury. He is considered
questionable, as is defender Henrik Tallinder, who suffered a shoulder and
neck injury in Tuesday's win over the Flyers.
The Sabres have won four of five and seven of their last nine road tests, and
are 16-17-2 as the visiting club this year. Buffalo will host the New York
Rangers on Monday.
Carolina and Buffalo have split a pair of meetings this year, but the Sabres
have won six of seven and seven of the last 11 matchups against the
Hurricanes. Buffalo has also taken four of six and five of its previous eight
games in Raleigh.
03/08 10:38:04 ET