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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

 

Sunday, Feb. 12, 5:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center - Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 38-14-4 (80 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Sabres: 35-15-4 (74 pts.), Northeast Division, 2nd place

* All Buffalo statistics prior to Sabres' game against Florida on Feb. 11

Tonight's Game
The Southeast Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes round out their pre-Olympic schedule on Sunday at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres (5 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes will hold a ceremony prior to the game to honor their players and staff members who will represent their respective countries at the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. The Carolina players headed to Italy are Erik Cole, Matt Cullen, Bret Hedican, Doug Weight (USA), Frantisek Kaberle (Czech Republic), Martin Gerber (Switzerland) and Eric Staal (Canada). Head Coach Peter Laviolette will lead Team USA in the Olympic tournament and Video Coordinator Chris Huffine will work behind the scenes for Coach Laviolette in Italy.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Left wing Erik Cole has earned points in each of the last three games (2/5-2/10: 2g, 1a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has earned assists and points in each of the last three games (2/5-2/10: 1g, 4a)

Milestone Watch

  • Left wing Cory Stillman is one goal shy of 200 for his NHL career

Television: none
Radio: Hurricanes Radio Network - WWMY 102.9 FM (Raleigh - flagship), WYSR 1590 AM (High Point), WMFD 630 AM (Wilmington)
Internet: www.carolinahurricanes.com

Carolina Notes

The Hurricanes currently post a 38-14-4 record, including a 15-4-0 record in 19 games since Dec. 31. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. The home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes currently post the best home record in the league at 23-5-1 (47 points). Through games of Feb. 10, the Hurricanes held a 14-point lead in the Southeast Division and led the Eastern Conference with 80 points. With 80 points in their first 56 games, the Hurricanes have enjoyed their best first-56 games in franchise history, eclipsing the 64-point, 56-game mark recorded by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes center Eric Staal scored twice and had an assist on Feb. 10 for his 21st multi-point game and eighth multi-goal game of the season. Through games of Feb. 10, Staal ranked third in the league with 74 points and tied for third in the NHL with 36 goals. He has notched points in 41 of the Hurricanes' 56 games this season. Through games of Feb. 10, he ranked tied for sixth in the league with 15 power-play goals and three shorthanded goals.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 23-5-1
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 15-8-3
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 73-of-372 (19.6%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 248-of-304 (81.6%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, wrist, surgery 2/1, out two months, missed 4 games
  • Center Josef Vasicek, left knee, surgery 12/5, injured reserve, out 3-4 months, missed 41 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule
Feb 12 Sunday RBC Center none
Feb. 13 Monday Olympic Break Begins
Feb. 22 Wednesday RecZone (optional) 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 23 Thursday RecZone (mandatory) 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 24 Friday RecZone 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 25 Saturday RecZone 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 26 Sunday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 27 Monday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
Feb. 28 Tuesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.

*All times are local - Times and locations subject to change

Against the Sabres

Sunday marks the second of four regular-season meetings between Carolina and Buffalo. The teams last met on Nov. 9 at Buffalo's HSBC Arena, a 5-3 Hurricanes win. The teams will next meet on March 22 in Buffalo before playing each other in the regular-season finale at the RBC Center on April 18. The Sabres won the 2003-04 season series against the Hurricanes 3-1-0-0, holding the Hurricanes to just five goals in the four-game set. Buffalo-area native Kevyn Adams led Carolina in the 2003-04 season series against the Sabres with two points (1g, 1a) while Jochen Hecht paced Buffalo with four points (3g, 1a) in the four-game season series. The Carolina franchise posts a 57-80-18-1 all-time record against the Sabres, going 32-35-11-0 at home and 25-45-7-1 in Buffalo.

Hurricanes vs. Sabres 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 9 HSBC Arena W, 5-3
Feb. 12 RBC Center 5:00 p.m.
March 22 HSBC Arena 7:00 p.m.
April 18 RBC Center 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 9, 2005
Hurricanes 5, Buffalo 3

The Carolina Hurricanes extended their winning streak to a franchise-best eight games with a 5-3 win at Buffalo's HSBC Arena behind a 41-save performance from goaltender Martin Gerber. Gerber saw 44 Sabres shots on goal, including 22 in the second period, to earn his sixth consecutive win. Carolina winger Erik Cole became the first player in NHL history to take two penalty shots in the same game when he was awarded penalty shots on two separate plays. Cole converted on his first penalty shot and finished the game with a goal and two assists, earning the game's second star. Center Eric Staal earned an assist on Mike Zigomanis' first goal of the season to extended Staal's points streak to nine games (10/20-11/9: 6g, 13a). Ray Whitney got Carolina on the board in the first period Frantisek Kaberle found the net during a second period power play and Justin Williams added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds remaining to seal Carolina's 11th win of the season.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
56
36
38
74
26 Cole
56
25
28
53
61 Stillman
55
15
38
53

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
39
2.73
27-9-2
.907
30 Ward
22
3.44
11-5-2
.887


Sabres
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Kotalik
54
21
21
42
23 Drury
53
17
25
42
61 Afinogenov
49
14
24
38
19 Connelly
48
9
29
38

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Miller
17
2.21
19-7-1
.924
43 Biron
26
2.98
15-6-3
.901
35 Noronen
4
4.26
1-2-0
.844

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72