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Kaberle in for Wallin vs. Sabres

Thursday, 02.26.2009 / 11:28 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Kaberle in for Wallin vs. Sabres
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The Canes were the better team by far the last time they played Buffalo, but Coach Paul Maurice is making it clear to his team that the same result won’t come as easy this time around.

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“From a bench perspective watching that game in Buffalo, we were really good and they weren’t,” he said. “We’ve got to do a good job explaining that we’re not going to see that game, and if we play as well as we possibly can it still won’t look like that game because they are going to be markedly better, so we have to be prepared for that.”

The Sabres are missing some key players ahead of tonight’s match-up, which would see a winner in regulation land in a playoff spot when the final horn sounds. Top scorer Thomas Vanek (jaw) and starting goaltender Ryan Miller (high ankle sprain) are out, while Miller’s backup, Patrick Lalime, is questionable with the flu.

If Lalime can’t go, rookie Jhonas Enroth would be in goal for his first career NHL start. The 20-year-old Swede is 0-6-3 in his last nine starts for AHL Portland.

Maurice said the team was waiting for the scouting report on Enroth, but that the game plan would be the same regardless of who starts for the Sabres.

“We’ll get information on the potential goaltender, and then after that we’ll throw as many pucks at whoever’s in the net as we can,” he said.

The Hurricanes are only anticipating one lineup change for tonight, with Frantisek Kaberle entering the lineup in place of Niclas Wallin, who will be a healthy scratch. Kaberle will be paired with Dennis Seidenberg tonight. – Depth Chart.

Scott Walker took the morning skate today on a regular line with Jussi Jokinen and Ryan Bayda, but won’t play tonight, although he is getting very close.

“He is closing in on it and he’s pretty excited,” said Maurice. “I think he was looking to see if he could weasel his way into the lineup tonight, but it’s a little early.”

Notes

  • Eric Staal has been firing the puck from everywhere lately, with 28 shots in his last three games. He only has one goal in that span, but that should change in a hurry if he maintains that pace. Staal is currently second in the NHL with 287 shots, trailing only Alexander Ovechkin and his ridiculous total of 392.
     
  • Brandon Sutter scored a goal last night to help Albany to a 3-1 win over Bridgeport in their first game since last week’s bus accident.

    An account of his goal, via River Rats’ Director of Public Relations Owen Newkirk:

    Sutter took a pass from Noah Babin right near the blue line, slipped around the two Bridgeport defensemen and then went forehand-to-backhand as he slid the puck behind Lawson.

    Not bad. Sutter finished the game with five shots and a +1 plus/minus rating.

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  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

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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