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Pre-Game Skate: HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-4-3, 31 pts.)

vs.
BUFFALO SABRES (12-13-2-1, 27 pts.)
Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena

GAME NIGHT:
The Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Buffalo Sabres tonight in the second half of a two-game homestand. Carolina was defeated 4-3 by the Washington Capitals in overtime on Sunday. Following Tuesday’s game, the Hurricanes will have three days off before returning to action on Saturday in Florida against the Panthers. The Hurricanes had their fifth home sellout (18,730) of the season on Sunday at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. Carolina is averaging 15,196 fans per game this season, up nearly 14% from last year’s average.

PRACTICE TIMES: (all times local)
Dec. 4ESA10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Dec. 5Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 6Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Dec. 7Reczone11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

ON THE AIR:
Television: None
Radio: WRBZ-850 AM (Raleigh); WCHL-1360 AM (Chapel Hill); WDNC 620-AM (Durham); WDZL 98.3FM (Murfreesboro); WFAY 1230/1450AM (Fayetteville); WSML 1200-AM (Graham); WRMT 1490-AM (Rocky Mount); WGHB 1250-AM (Greenville); WEEB 990-AM (Southern Pines); WMFR 1230-AM (High Point); WMFD 630-AM (Wilmington); WJNC 1240-AM (Jacksonville).
Internet: www.nhl.com

CAROLINA NOTES:
Forward Erik Cole led all rookies and was tied for seventh in the NHL in hits (87) through Dec. 2. Cole was tied for sixth among all rookies in points (11) and assists (7) and is tied for eighth in goals (4). Sandis Ozolinsh is tied for 10th among all NHL defenseman in scoring with 16 points (3g, 13a). Goaltender Tom Barrasso’s next game played will be the 750th of the NHL career.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 8-5-2-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 4-6-2-1
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 15-of-148 (10.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 109-of-137 (79.6%)

CAROLINA INJURY UPDATE:
The Hurricanes have no injuries to report.

CAROLINA / BUFFALO SERIES:
The Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres meet for the first of four games this season. The two teams will meet twice more in the month of December (Dec. 14 and Dec. 31 at HSBC Arena). The Hurricanes and Sabres split last year’s season series with two wins apiece, each team winning both games at its home arena. Jeff O’Neill was the leading scorer in last year’s season series with five points (2g, 3a) in four games. The Sabres lead the all-time series between the two franchises 74-52-17, including a 32-30-10 advantage on the road and a 42-22-7 advantage in Buffalo.

WASHINGTON CAPITALS NOTES:
The Buffalo Sabres return to action after spending two non-game days in Raleigh since their last game - a 4-2 victory against the NY Islanders. Miroslav Satan leads the Sabres in points (23) and goals (12).

SCORING LEADERS AND GOALTENDERS

HURRICANES GPG ATP
24 Kapanen 28141428
92 O’Neill30151025
10 Francis3041923

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
35 Barrasso162.355-7-3.915
1 Irbe153.087-7-1.890

BUFFALOGPGATP
81 Satan28121123
17 Dumont28111122
41 Barnes2891221

GOALIESGPGAAW-L-TSV%
43 Biron252.2412-11-2.910
31 Essensa43.190-3-0.857

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