GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

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GAME NOTES: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres


Carolina Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Sabres

Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
RBC Center, Raleigh, NC

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Hurricanes: 52-21-8 (112 pts.), Southeast Division, 1st place
Sabres: 51-24-6 (108 pts.), Northeast Division, 2nd place

Tuesday's Game

The Southeast Division Champion Carolina Hurricanes will wrap up their regular season on Tuesday night at the RBC Center against the Buffalo Sabres (7 p.m., OLN, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes enter Tuesday’s game as the top seed in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the Ottawa Senators. The Senators play the New York Rangers on Tuesday in their regular-season finale at Madison Square Garden.

The Hurricanes currently post a 52-21-8 record, including a 29-11-4 record in 44 games since Dec. 31, and a 13-7-4 record since the Olympic Break. Carolina had its franchise-best nine-game home winning streak (12/13-1/28) snapped against Pittsburgh on Feb. 10. That home winning streak is tied for the longest in the NHL this season (Philadelphia, 10/7-11/12) and the Hurricanes are currently tied with Calgary for the best home record in the league at 31-7-2 (64 points). With 112 points in their first 81 games, the Hurricanes now look to improve upon their franchise record for points in a season. The previous franchise-high for points in a season was 93, set by the 1986-87 squad.

Hurricanes Current Streaks

  • Center Eric Staal has earned points in each of the last six games (4/5-4/15: 3g, 5a)
  • Center Matt Cullen has earned assists and points in each of the last two games (4/14-4/15: 1g, 2a)
  • Left wing Cory Stillman has scored goals and earned assists in each of the last two games (4/14-4/15: 2g, 2a)

Milestone Watch

  • Defenseman Aaron Ward is one point shy of 100 points for his NHL career
  • Captain Rod Brind’Amour is one assist shy of 600 assists for his NHL career

Television: OLN
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

Hurricanes center Eric Staal leads the team in scoring with 100 points (45g, 55a) and ranked tied for fifth in the NHL through games of April 16. Staal’s 45 goals ranked eighth in the league, and his 19 power-play goals ranked him tied for eighth through April 16. He has notched points in 58 of the Hurricanes’ 81 games this season.

Since the Hurricanes franchise joined the NHL in 1979-80, the team has hosted nine of its regular-season finales, posting a 3-4-2 record in those games. The Hurricanes and the Sabres have met twice in regular-season finales with both games taking place in Buffalo. The Sabres won the first regular-season finale meeting between the clubs by a 6-0 score on April 5, 1987, and won again 4-1 in a regular-season finale on April 14, 1996 – the last game played at Buffalo’s Memorial Auditorium.

CAROLINA AT HOME: 31-7-2
CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 21-14-6
CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 95-of-526 (18.1%)
CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 359-of-438 (82.0%)

Injury Report

  • Defenseman Bret Hedican, upper body, day-to-day, missed 2 game
  • Left wing Ray Whitney, lower body, day-to-day, missed 4 games
  • Left wing Erik Cole, fractured vertebra 3/4, out 6-8 weeks, missed 20 games

Hurricanes Practice Schedule

April 18 Tuesday RBC Center 10:30 a.m.
April 19 Wednesday RBC Center 11:00 a.m.
April 20 Thursday RecZone 11:00 a.m.

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

Against the Sabres

Tuesday marks the fourth and final regular-season meeting between Carolina and Buffalo. The teams first met this season on Nov. 9 at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena, a 5-3 Hurricanes win. Carolina scored a 4-3 shootout win at the RBC Center on Feb. 12, and a 4-3 win in regulation at Buffalo on March 22. The teams have met in two regular-season finales prior to tonight’s game, with Buffalo scoring home wins in both contests, 6-0 on April 5, 1987, and 4-1 on April 14, 1996.

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 59-80-18-1 all-time record against the Sabres, going 33-35-11-0 at home and 26-45-7-1 in Buffalo.

Hurricanes vs. Sabres 2005-06 Schedule
Nov. 9 HSBC Arena W, 5-3
Feb. 12 RBC Center W, 4-3 (SO)
March 22 HSBC Arena W, 4-3
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.

Feb. 12, 2006
Hurricanes 4, Sabres 3 (SO)

The Carolina Hurricanes wrapped up their pre-Olympic break schedule with a 4-3 shootout win against the Buffalo Sabres at the RBC Center. Eric Staal scored the shootout-winning goal as Carolina’s sixth shooter and was named first star of the game. Martin Gerber turned away four of the Sabres’ six shootout shooters to help secure his 28th win of the season. Defenseman Niclas Wallin started the game’s scoring with his third goal of the season near the end of the first period. After Buffalo tied the game 1-1 in the second period, Erik Cole put Carolina ahead 2-1 with his 26th goal of the year. Buffalo scored the game’s next two goals before right wing Justin Williams found the net behind Sabres netminder Ryan Miller 5:07 into the third period. The teams played a scoreless overtime that saw the Hurricanes outshoot the Sabres 7-1.

March 22, 2006
Hurricanes 4, Buffalo 3

The Carolina Hurricanes finished a stretch that saw them play nine of 10 games on the road with a 4-3 win at Buffalo’s HSBC Arena. Following a scoreless first period, Buffalo-area native Kevyn Adams kicked off Carolina’s scoring with his 14th goal this season at the 6:43 mark of the second period when he banged home Justin Williams’ cross-slot pass. Cory Stillman, Anton Babchuk and Williams followed with their own second-period goals, giving Carolina a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes. The Sabres stormed back with three goals in the first 12:54 of the third period, but Carolina held off the Buffalo offensive for a 4-3 win. Martin Gerber made 24 saves to earn his 33rd win of the season and Williams’ two points earned him first star of the game honors.

Carolina
GP
G
A
PTS
12 Staal
81
45
55
100
11 Williams
81
31
45
76
61 Stillman
71
21
55
76
17 Brind'Amour
77
31
39
70

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
29 Gerber
59
2.76
38-13-6
.906
30 Ward
28
3.68
14-8-2
.882


Sabres
GP
G
A
PTS
61 Afinogenov
76
22
50
72
23 Drury
80
29
36
65
12 Kotalik
81
25
37
62

Goaltenders
GP
GAA
W-L-OT
SV %
30 Miller
48
2.60
30-14-3
.914
43 Biron
34
2.98
20-8-3
.902
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