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Gameday: Hurricanes at Sabres

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Live from (the state of) New York, it’s Saturday … afternoon!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to today’s matinee faceoff 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 and projected lineup can be found below. With the early-afternoon 1 p.m. puck drop, the Hurricanes won’t hold a morning skate. If we receive any updates, we’ll pass them along.

Last updated: 6:00 a.m.



CANES PROJECTED LINEUP
6:00 a.m.

Still carrying 18 healthy skaters, the Hurricanes are likely to ice the same combinations seen in Boston on Thursday night.

Nordstrom-Staal-Lindholm
Skinner-Rask-Di Giuseppe
Gerbe-Nash-Terry
Woods-McClement-Malone

HURRICANES at SABRES
Hurricanes at Sabres
FIRST NIAGARA CENTER | 1 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
INFOGRAPHIC: CAR 3, BOS 2 (OT)
VIDEOS
HIGHLIGHTS: CANES EDGE BRUINS IN OT
DI GIUSEPPE'S OT WINNER
GAMEDAY LINKS
COOL BARS: WILMINGTON
COOL BARS PRIZE SHEET
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
Slavin-Hainsey
Hanifin-Pesce
Jordan-Murphy

A starting goaltender has yet to be announced.



ROADIE’S FIRST LEG CONCLUDES IN BUFFALO
6:00 a.m.

Judging by their moves at the trade deadline, the Carolina Hurricanes were not expected to still be in the playoff race as the 2015-16 regular season heads into the final month of play.

Yet here they are, just about two weeks later, squarely in the mix even if the odds remain stacked against them. Aided by collecting seven of a possible eight points (3-0-1) since the deadline, the Hurricanes are sniffing around a wild card spot. Even still, with 14 games remaining in their regular season, the Canes are going to need to obtain two points in a vast majority of those contests.

Where it ends up come game No. 82 is anyone’s best guess, but until then, the team is taking matters game-by-game while playing a desperate and confident brand of hockey.

This afternoon, the Hurricanes will face off with the Buffalo Sabres in their second game of five straight on the road – though, they will return to Raleigh before departing for Washington on Monday afternoon. It’s their second of three meetings with Buffalo this season.

The first meeting of the season took place in Buffalo on the day after Thanksgiving, a 4-1 decision in favor of the Sabres. The Hurricanes had the score even at one in the second period, but rookie star Jack Eichel netted his eighth goal of the season to give his team a lead they would then never surrender.

On Thursday night in Boston, the Hurricanes scored their second straight victory and third in four games, defeating the Bruins 3-2 in overtime. Phil Di Giuseppe found the back of the net for his first-career NHL game-winner, and Elias Lindholm and Nathan Gerbe tallied in regulation. Di Giuseppe has points in three straight games (1g, 3a), as does Jeff Skinner (3g, 2a), who registered the primary assist on the overtime tally.

A hockey .500 team on the road, the Sabres have posted a sub-.500 record at home this season (12-18-5). They have won just one of their last five games at First Niagara Center and sit in 15th place in the Eastern Conference.

CANESPR NOTES: The Carolina franchise has earned at least one point in every season series between these two teams, dating back to 1979-80. In that stretch, the franchise has won 10 of 35 series. … The Hurricanes are 10-5-3 in their last 18 games against the Sabres, including a 6-2-1 mark in their last nine meetings.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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