|57||BUFFALO||+125||Ov 5.5,+100||+110||Ov 5.5,+110|
|58||CAROLINA||-145||Un 5.5,-120||-130||Un 5.5,-130|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||5-7-0||-1.1||5-7||-1.1||5-6||2.5||27.3||3.2||34.3|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+1.1||3-2||+1.1||2-2||2.4||26.8||2.8||33.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||23||60||16||17||24||3||5||675||8.9%||84||9||10.7%||98|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||12||30||9||9||11||1||2||328||9.1%||40||2||5.0%||49|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||2||4||2||2||134||9.0%||19||1||5.3%||15|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||73||16||31||24||2||4||769||9.5%||96||19||19.8%||118|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||38||9||17||11||1||2||412||9.2%||58||10||17.2%||61|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||14||3||3||7||1||1||165||8.5%||23||4||17.4%||21|
|JHONAS ENROTH (All Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Road Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|JHONAS ENROTH (Last 4 Games)||3||2||72||61||84.7%||0||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||2-0|
|RYAN MILLER (All Games)||21||21||695||637||91.7%||1||9-12||-4||9-12-0||-4||10-10|
|RYAN MILLER (Road Games)||10||10||340||315||92.6%||1||5-5||+0.9||5-5-0||+1||3-6|
|RYAN MILLER (Last 4 Games)||4||4||133||124||93.2%||0||3-1||+2.4||3-1-0||+2||2-1|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||5-4-0||+0||5-4||+0||5-4||3.2||33.3||2.8||29.6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.3||4-1||+3.3||2-3||3.4||29.6||2.0||30.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||21||63||13||26||23||1||5||684||9.2%||81||10||12.3%||102|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||9||29||7||15||7||0||1||300||9.7%||37||2||5.4%||45|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||17||6||8||3||0||1||148||11.5%||16||1||6.2%||27|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||59||23||15||20||1||1||660||8.9%||79||17||21.5%||101|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||25||8||5||12||0||1||266||9.4%||34||4||11.8%||41|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||10||5||3||2||0||0||152||6.6%||13||1||7.7%||18|
|DAN ELLIS (All Games)||7||6||182||168||92.3%||1||3-3||+0.1||3-3-0||0||3-3|
|DAN ELLIS (Home Games)||3||3||95||89||93.7%||1||2-1||+0.9||2-1-0||+1||1-2|
|DAN ELLIS (Last 4 Games)||4||3||95||83||87.4%||0||1-2||-1.1||1-2-0||-1||2-1|
|JUSTIN PETERS (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JUSTIN PETERS (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|CAM WARD (All Games)||17||15||477||433||90.8%||2||9-6||+2.6||9-6-0||+2||8-7|
|CAM WARD (Home Games)||6||6||170||152||89.4%||0||3-3||-0.8||3-3-0||-1||4-2|
|CAM WARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||106||100||94.3%||1||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||1-3|
|Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.12, CAROLINA 2.88|
|2/7/2013||MONTREAL||5-4||W||0, -140||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/9/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||3-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/10/2013||BOSTON||1-3||L||0, +125||L||5.5 ev||U|
|2/12/2013||at OTTAWA||0-2||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/15/2013||BOSTON||4-2||W||0, +115||W||5.5 un||O|
|2/17/2013||PITTSBURGH||3-4||L||0, +115||L||5.5 ov||O|
|2/19/2013||WINNIPEG||1-2||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||at TORONTO||1-3||L||0, +100||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/23/2013||NY ISLANDERS||0-4||L||0, -125||L||5.5 ov||U|
|2/26/2013||at TAMPA BAY||2-1||W||0, +125||W||6 ov||U|
|2/28/2013||at FLORIDA||4-3||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/2/2013||NEW JERSEY||4-3||W||0, +110||W||5 ev||O|
|3/3/2013||at NY RANGERS||2-3||L||0, +175||L||5 ov||P|
|3/5/2013||at CAROLINA|| |
|3/7/2013||at NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/10/2013||at PHILADELPHIA|| |
|3/12/2013||NY RANGERS|| |
|2/7/2013||at OTTAWA||3-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|2/9/2013||at PHILADELPHIA||3-4||L||0, +105||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/11/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||6-4||W||0, -105||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/12/2013||at NEW JERSEY||4-2||W||0, +125||W||5 ov||O|
|2/14/2013||TORONTO||3-1||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ov||U|
|2/18/2013||at MONTREAL||0-3||L||0, +110||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/21/2013||WINNIPEG||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 un||O|
|2/23/2013||TAMPA BAY||2-5||L||0, -110||L||6 ev||O|
|2/24/2013||at NY ISLANDERS||4-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 ov||O|
|2/26/2013||at WASHINGTON||0-3||L||0, +120||L||5.5 un||U|
|2/28/2013||PITTSBURGH||4-1||W||0, +120||W||5.5 ov||U|
|3/2/2013||FLORIDA||6-2||W||0, -160||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/3/2013||at FLORIDA||3-2||W||0, -145||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/9/2013||NEW JERSEY|| |
|3/12/2013||at WASHINGTON|| |
|3/16/2013||at TAMPA BAY|| |
LAST SEASON: 39-32-11, 89 points. Missed playoffs by finishing ninth in Eastern Conference
COACH: Lindy Ruff, 15th season with Sabres and NHL, 565-422-161.
ADDED: C Steve Ott, LW John Scott, D Adam Pardy, rookie C Mikhail Grigorenko.
LOST: C Derek Roy, RW Brad Boyes.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Grigorenko, 18-year-old Russian-born first-round draft pick, who will be given opportunity to immediately make Sabres roster. Skilled, playmaking center already has 29 goals, 21 assists for 50 points in 30 games for Patrick Roy-coached Quebec of Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
OUTLOOK: Sabres counting on additions of grit (Ott, Scott) and skill - including late-season acquisition of C Cody Hodgson - to improve high-priced under-achieving lineup that was one of NHL's biggest busts last year. Must stay healthy and get consistent goaltending from Ryan Miller, and steady production from top-two lines to start matching free-spending owner Terry Pegula's objective to deliver a winner.
LAST SEASON: 33-33-16, 82 points. Missed playoffs by finishing 12th in Eastern Conference.
COACH: Kirk Muller, 2nd season overall and with Hurricanes, 25-20-12.
ADDED: C Jordan Staal, LW Alexander Semin, RW Kevin Westgarth, D Joe Corvo, G Dan Ellis.
LOST: C Brandon Sutter, D Bryan Allen, D Derek Joslin, D Jaroslav Spacek, G Brian Boucher, RW Anthony Stewart.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The team captain and face of the franchise blossomed after Muller took over two months into last season, with 19 goals and 40 assists in the final 57 games. With his younger brother on the team and veteran Semin on his line, Staal should have enough pieces around him to carry the team to the playoffs.
OUTLOOK: The Hurricanes have made the playoffs just once since winning the 2006 Stanley Cup, but the additions of Jordan Staal and Semin should give them enough quality offensive depth to reach the postseason - even in a tough Southeast Division.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (BUFFALO-CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Sabres-Hurricanes Preview* ===========================
By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer
Buffalo (9-12-2) at Carolina (12-8-1), 7:00 p.m. EDT
While the Carolina Hurricanes have climbed to the top of the Southeast Division, staying there could prove difficult with their starting goalie sidelined.
The Hurricanes try to overcome Cam Ward's absence as they go for a season-best fourth consecutive win and three-game season sweep of the visiting Buffalo Sabres, who are hoping to have Thomas Vanek available Tuesday night.
Carolina (12-8-1) completed a home-and-home sweep of Florida with Sunday's 3-2 road win. That result, though, came at a steep cost for the Hurricanes, who saw Ward leave in the second period with a sprained knee.
Ward doesn't need surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. He had gone 8-3-1 with a 2.38 goals-against average since the start of February.
"It kind of (stinks) to lose such a good goaltender, such a big piece to our team, and such a good person," said backup Dan Ellis, who has posted a 0.67 GAA in three wins and 6.68 GAA in two losses while starting five games.
The Hurricanes rank as one of the NHL's higher scoring teams with 3.0 goals per game and figure to rely on their offense all the more with Ward out. Captain Eric Staal and Alexander Semin combined for three goals and four assists in the sweep of the Panthers.
"We've got a lot of positive things in our game right now," coach Kirk Muller told the league's official website.
Carolina has killed 23 of its opponents' 24 power-play opportunities over the last eight games. The Hurricanes, though, have converted one of 25 chances during that stretch.
"When we're moving our feet and playing our game, we're not taking many penalties," Jordan Staal said after scoring his fifth goal Sunday. "That's what our game is."
Carolina also thrived during a home-and-home sweep of Buffalo (9-12-2) in the first week of the season. Eric Staal, who's notched 23 points in 22 meetings in the series since 2007-08, recorded a hat trick during a 6-3 win Jan. 24 and Ellis made a season-high 40 saves in a 3-1 victory the following night.
Carolina has gone 12-3-1 when Eric Staal has at least one point compared to 0-5-0 when he doesn't. He leads the team with 12 goals and 25 points.
Buffalo had won a season-best three straight before kicking off a four-game road trip with Sunday's 3-2 shootout loss to the New York Rangers.
"We need to come through with points," Ryan Miller said after stopping 26 of 28 shots.
While the Sabres could get a boost with Vanek hoping to return from a two-game absence due to an upper-body injury, they could be without Patrick Kaleta. The right wing was assessed a five-minute major for checking Brad Richards from behind and given a game misconduct Sunday, resulting in a disciplinary hearing from the league.
"Obviously we've had some adversity already since I've been here with Vanek being out a couple of games, and other guys stepping into roles," interim coach Ron Rolston told the team's official website. "We have players that will go in and their opportunity will be there for them to help our team be successful. We'll do with whatever we have."
Leading Buffalo with 27 points, Vanek has recorded 29 over 28 career matchups against the Hurricanes. He's notched four goals and four assists during a six-game point streak in the series.
Miller is 1-4-1 with a 2.52 GAA over his last six starts versus Carolina.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 4:34:12 AM EST|