NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 1st
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (14-9-3) at Buffalo Sabres (11-11-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes try to win back-to-back games this
evening when they open a five-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres at
Carolina picked up a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Friday at the RBC
Center, as Rod Brind'Amour scored a pair of goals and Cam Ward stopped 31
shots to lead the way. Cory Stillman and Matt Cullen also scored for the
Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Ward was tremendous, earning the win despite seeing his team outshot 34-19 and
facing 16 shots in the final period.
Stillman, who leads the Southeast Division-leading Canes with 31 points, also
scored and has two goals and five assists during a six-game points streak.
Carolina, which will also visit the NY Rangers, Tampa Bay, Montreal and
Detroit on its trek, is 6-4-2 away from home this season.
Buffalo, meanwhile, will try to get back on the winning track tonight after
falling for the first time in six games on Wednesday, dropping a 4-3 home
decision to the St. Louis Blues. Jason Pominville, Ales Kotalik and Andrej
Sekera scored for the Sabres, who still occupy the cellar of the Northeast
Ryan Miller made 28 saves in a losing effort, but was unable to stop Brad
Boyes, who put home the game-winner for St. Louis with 57.5 seconds left in
Boyes shot the puck from the left of the net, but Buffalo's Daniel Paille
stopped the disc in the crease. However, Boyes went behind the net and to the
other side to slam in the loose puck.
The Sabres, who will hit the road for three games after tonight's contest, are
7-5-0 in front of their fans this season.
Carolina defeated the Sabres earlier in the season, but has lost five of the
last six and six of the last 10 meetings. The Canes, though, have dropped two
in a row and four of its last six in Buffalo.
12/01 10:42:12 ET