This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
A preview of tonight’s game is below. The Canes will take the ice in Buffalo at 11:30 a.m. for their morning skate, and we’ll pass along updates as we receive them.Last updated: 4:15 p.m.
CANES PROJECTED LINEUP4:15 p.m.
The Hurricanes are expected to ice the same lineup they utilized in Wednesday's 4-1 victory over Edmonton.
Cam Ward is the confirmed starter in net.
CANES LOOK TO CARRY WINNING WAYS INTO BUFFALO6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes rolled in to Thanksgiving with a decisive 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night at PNC Arena, and tonight they’ll look to make it two straight in their first of two trips to Buffalo.
After Edmonton jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the power play, the Hurricanes scored four unanswered goals and finished strong to notch their eighth win of the season. Jordan Staal, Elias Lindholm, Jeff Skinner and Andrej Nestrasil each found the back of the net for Carolina.
“We wanted to make sure we had a strong effort tonight,” Cam Ward said. “Despite the Oilers’ record, they are a very dangerous and quick team. We showed up ready to go and got rewarded for it.”
“The last few games, it’s been up and down, looking for a bounce,” Jeff Skinner said. “Tonight, things sort of all came together pretty smoothly, and it’s nice when it pays off like that.”
Tonight marks the first of three meetings between the Canes and Sabres this season. With 18 points at 8-12-2, Buffalo finds itself at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, and the team is winless in its last six games, the most recent loss coming at the hands of the Nashville Predators by a score of 3-2 on Wednesday.
At 8-10-4 with 20 points, the Hurricanes find themselves five points out of a playoff spot, which they believe is well within striking distance just past the quarter mark of the season.
“You have to hate to lose. You’ve got to be competitive in this sport. Every game is a dog fight,” head coach Bill Peters said. “Losing is a disease, and winning is an unquenchable thirst that you have if you have it.”
Justin Faulk currently has the hottest stick on the team. He notched two assists against Edmonton to extend his career-long point streak to seven games. In that stretch, he’s posted three goals and six assists (nine points), and he has 11 points (4g, 7a) in his last nine games. Faulk’s seven-game point streak is the longest by a Carolina defenseman since the team’s relocation; the franchise record for longest point streak by a defenseman belongs to Ulf Samuelsson (nine games), set in 1988.
Cam Ward recorded his seventh win of the season on Wednesday, stopping 30 of 31 shots against Edmonton. It was the fifth win of his career against the Oilers, and he’ll go back in between the pipes tonight against the Sabres. Ward is 11-8-4 with a 2.82 goals-against average and two shutouts in 23 career appearances versus Buffalo.CANESPR NOTES:
The Canes are 10-3-3 in their last 13 games against Buffalo, including 7-2-2 in their last 11. … Captain Eric Staal is a career point-per-game producer against the Sabres with 40 points (15g, 25a) in as many games.
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