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Gameday: Sabres vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Spring into hockey!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s match-up featuring the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.

You can find a preview of tonight’s game below. The Hurricanes will be on the ice at PNC Arena for a 10:30 a.m. morning skate, and we’ll be there to bring you rinkside updates.

Last updated: 3:00 p.m.



RYAN PREGAME
3:00 p.m.

Center Derek Ryan is back for his second stint with the Hurricanes this season. Michelle McMahon caught up with him in the locker room today.



PETERS PREGAME
12:10 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met briefly with the media after this morning's skate. Here's some of what he discussed.

On evaluating the play of Derek Ryan: "It's an important stretch, obviously. They're deep down the middle. Larsson is playing real well. They'll have O'Reilly back, who's an elite player also, and they have Eichel. So there's no time off down the middle. He'll have a tough match-up whoever we play him against here tonight. Continuous evaluation. The last three Charlotte goals, he's got all of them. He's a big part of what they're doing down there. He came up and played well for us, and he deserves another look."

On the expectations for Ryan: "I expect that line to be dangerous offensively. He's going to play in the middle with Terry and Nasher. He'll be on the half-wall on the power play. I expect him to generate some offense. At the end of the night when I look at the stats, he should have a few shots and be involved in some of our grade-A scoring chances."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

With newly-recalled Derek Ryan in town, here's how the Canes lined up this morning.

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

Slavin-Hainsey
Hanifin-Pesce
Jordan-Murphy

Ward
Lack

We'll have more from inside the room in just a bit!



CANES HEAD DOWN STRETCH
6:00 a.m.

SABRES vs. HURRICANES
Sabres vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
CANES RECALL RYAN FROM CHARLOTTE
RECAP: CANES FALL IN SHOOTOUT
VIDEOS
RAW: JUSTIN FAULK, MARCH 21
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
ST. BALDRICK'S NIGHT
50/50 RAFFLE
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
The regular season is headed down the stretch for the Carolina Hurricanes. Just 10 games remain in their 2015-16 campaign, six of which will be played in Raleigh.

Following five consecutive games on the road, a stretch in which the Hurricanes posted a 1-1-3 (5 points) record, the team returns home to host the Buffalo Sabres for the first and only time this season. The Hurricanes will be searching for their first win in three tries against the Sabres this season, having lost in regulation (4-1, Nov. 27) and overtime (3-2, March 12) in their two previous meetings.

“They’ve given us a hard time,” head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Monday. “They’re deep down the middle, and they’ve got some guys up front who can hurt you.”

The Hurricanes played overtime hockey for the sixth time in seven games on Saturday in Minnesota, dropping a 3-2 decision in the shootout. Chris Terry and Jordan Staal scored for the Canes in regulation, while the Wild outscored the Canes 2-1 in the skills competition to emerge with the extra point.

“You're always looking for two, right? There's no question about that,” Peters said after the game. “We've got to make one more play.”

The Sabres fell 4-1 in Toronto on Saturday and have won one of their last four games away from Buffalo.

After missing Saturday afternoon’s game in Minnesota with an upper-body injury, defenseman Ryan Murphy will draw back into the lineup tonight against Buffalo, likely paired with Michal Jordan.

In order to help fill out their forward lines, the Hurricanes recalled Derek Ryan from Charlotte on Monday evening. Ryan scored a goal in his NHL debut on March 1 in New Jersey and will play in the middle in his second stint with the Canes.

“We’re going to move some people around and figure it out,” Peters said of his line combinations.

CANESPR NOTES: The Hurricanes are 10-3-2 in their last 15 meetings with the Sabres at PNC Arena, and they’ve won five of the last six contests at home. … Overall, the Canes own a 10-5-4 record against Buffalo in the last 19 meetings, including a 6-2-2 mark in their last nine head-to-head battles. … Chris Terry has points (1g, 1a) in two straight games.



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

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