NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, October 24th
(All times eastern)
Buffalo Sabres (3-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-1-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back on the winning
track this evening, when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
The Sabres, last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, are off to a 3-4-0 start
to the season and have dropped their last two games. Buffalo is now in danger
of losing three straight contests for the first time since March 7-13 of last
Buffalo was last in action Saturday evening against the Montreal Canadiens and
the Habs posted a 4-2 triumph on their home ice. Roman Hamrlik got credit for
the game-winning tally and also had two assists, as the Canadiens doubled up
the Sabres at the Bell Centre.
Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy each scored for Buffalo, while Ryan Miller stopped
23-of-26 shots in the loss.
Buffalo could have defenseman Jaroslav Spacek back tonight. Spacek, who has
four goals and two assists on the year, has missed the team's last two games
with a shoulder injury.
The Sabres are playing the third test of a five-game road trip tonight and
will try again for their first win as the visiting team this season. Buffalo,
which is 0-2-0 on the road this year, also has stops at Florida, Tampa Bay and
Boston in this current swing.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will continue a three-game homestand tonight after
posting a win over Vancouver in the opener of the set on Monday. Ray Whitney
had a goal and an assist to lead Carolina to the 3-1 victory over the Canucks.
Cory Stillman and Chad LaRose also scored while Cam Ward finished with 19
saves for the Hurricanes, who avoided losing their third straight game.
Rod Brind'Amour posted two assists in the victory and now has registered a
point in six straight games. Brind'Amour, Carolina's captain, leads the team
with 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) this season.
Carolina is 5-1-3 overall this season and 2-0-1 on its home ice. The
Hurricanes will complete their residency Friday evening against Montreal and
will then play their next two games on the road.
The Sabres have won five in a row and nine of the last 13 meetings with the
Hurricanes. Buffalo has also been victorious in three straight and four of its
last five trips to Raleigh.
10/24 10:39:59 ET