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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:00 p.m. (ET)

RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 0-0-0 (0 pts.), Southeast Division
Sabres: 0-0-0 (0 pts.), Northeast Division

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Tonight's Game

The Carolina Hurricanes open the 2006-07 NHL regular season, and the defense of their 2006 Stanley Cup championship, on Wednesday at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres. The game will be televised in high definition across the United States on Versus (formerly OLN), the NHL’s national cable television partner. The high-definition broadcast of Wednesday’s game can be viewed on Channel 291 on Time Warner Cable in the Raleigh/Durham market.

Prior to opening faceoff, the Hurricanes will introduce the 2006-07 squad and pay tribute to last season’s Southeast Division, Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup championships in a brief ceremony, scheduled to begin at approximately 6:50 p.m. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 7:13 p.m. The RBC Center’s parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. for fans who wish to arrive early and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The Hurricanes encourage fans to arrive early to attend a tent party on the RBC Center’s south lawn and to avoid traffic.

Television: Versus
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network – WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh – flagship), WGHB 1250 AM/WDLX 930 AM (Greenville, Washington & New Bern, N.C.) and WFNC 640 AM (Fayetteville, N.C.)

Milestone Watch

  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is one assist shy of 600 assists for his NHL career
  • Head Coach Peter Laviolette is two games shy of 300 NHL games coached

Carolina Notes

Wednesday’s game marks the Hurricanes regular-season debuts of defenseman Tim Gleason, forwards Trevor Letowski, Scott Walker, and Eric Belanger and goaltender John Grahame. Also, defenseman David Tanabe returns to the roster after three seasons away from the organization. Of the 22 active players on the Hurricanes roster for Wednesday’s game, 14 were in the 20-player lineup for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals and 11 were in the 20-player lineup for Carolina’s final regular-season game of 2005-06, April 18 against Buffalo.

Along with hoisting the Stanley Cup, and reigning supreme in the Southeast Division and Eastern Conference playoffs last season, Hurricanes Captain Rod Brind’Amour won the Selke Trophy as the league’s top defensive forward, and goaltender Cam Ward took the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs’ most valuable player. Both trophies will be on display along with the Stanley Cup and the Prince of Wales Trophy on the RBC Center’s main concourse during Wednesday’s game.

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, shoulder, out
  • Left wing Cory Stillman, shoulder, out

Against the Sabres

Tonight’s game marks the first of four meetings between the Hurricanes and the Sabres. The two teams met four times during the 2005-06 season with Carolina posting a 3-1-0 record. The teams also met in the 2006 Eastern Conference Finals with Carolina emerging with a 4-3 win in the seven-game series.

Cory Stillman led all Hurricanes skaters with five points (1g, 4a) in the four-game regular-season series between the teams in 2005-06 while J.P. Dumont (4g, 0a), Thomas Vanek (3g, 1a) and Maxim Afinogenov (0g, 4a) led the Sabres. The Hurricanes post a 59-81-18-1 all-time regular-season record against the Sabres with a 33-36-11 home record and a 26-45-7-1 record in Buffalo.

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