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NHL : ATS Matchup
Friday 1/11/2019Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (23-14-0-6, 52 pts.) at CAROLINA (20-18-0-5, 45 pts.)
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Friday, 1/11/2019 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
25BUFFALO+120Ov 5.5,-125+130Ov 5.5,-110
26CAROLINA-140Un 5.5,+105-150Un 5.5,-110
BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games23-20-0+6.523-20+6.521-212.932.12.833.2
Team Stats (Road Games)9-12-0+0.89-12+0.89-112.731.63.033.3
Last 5 Games2-3-0-1.32-3-1.32-32.633.22.435.0
BUFFALO Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)431253837428913829.0%1302418.5%213
Team Stats (Road Games)2157151622456638.6%671217.9%98
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513364001667.8%10110.0%20
Stats Against (All Games) 1213242416814268.5%1262015.9%198
Stats Against (Road Games) 62212315356998.9%671217.9%102
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 12335111756.9%15213.3%18
BUFFALO - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
CARTER HUTTON (All Games)292889081791.8%013-15-0.913-15-0-112-15
CARTER HUTTON (Road Games)131237333890.6%03-9-4.83-9-0-55-6
CARTER HUTTON (Last 4 Games)4412711792.1%01-3-2.41-3-0-21-3
LINUS ULLMARK (All Games)151552948992.4%110-5+7.510-5-0+89-6
LINUS ULLMARK (Road Games)9932230093.2%06-3+5.66-3-0+64-5
LINUS ULLMARK (Last 4 Games)4415614995.5%13-1+2.73-1-0+32-2

CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games20-23-0-1120-23-1115-272.636.12.928.2
Team Stats (Home Games)11-11-0-7.111-11-7.17-142.937.02.727.3
Last 5 Games4-1-0+34-1+33-13.827.83.030.6
CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)431133241373815517.3%1462416.4%183
Team Stats (Home Games)2263192517268157.7%751216.0%99
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)5196760113913.7%14535.7%31
Stats Against (All Games) 124344045511121410.2%1362719.9%205
Stats Against (Home Games) 601824144360010.0%621422.6%101
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 15168011539.8%19526.3%25
CAROLINA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
SCOTT DARLING (All Games)8823320688.4%12-6-6.62-6-0-63-5
SCOTT DARLING (Home Games)5515113488.7%01-4-5.21-4-0-52-3
SCOTT DARLING (Last 4 Games)441079286.0%01-3-2.81-3-0-21-3
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (All Games)161646242692.2%110-6+2.310-6-0+35-10
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Home Games)9925623893.0%06-3+1.26-3-0+22-6
CURTIS MCELHINNEY (Last 4 Games)4410710093.5%13-1+1.83-1-0+21-2
PETR MRAZEK (All Games)191951046090.2%28-11-6.88-11-0-67-12
PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)8819217088.5%14-4-3.24-4-0-33-5
PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)4412911891.5%02-2+0.12-2-002-2
ALEX NEDELJKOVIC (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
ALEX NEDELJKOVIC (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 3.13,  CAROLINA 3.15
BUFFALO - Schedule
12/15/2018at WASHINGTON3-4L0, +135L6.5 unO
12/16/2018at BOSTON4-2W0, +165W5.5 ovO
12/18/2018FLORIDA2-5L0, -120L6 ovO
12/21/2018at WASHINGTON1-2L0, +160L6.5 unU
12/22/2018ANAHEIM3-0W0, -115W5.5 unU
12/27/2018at ST LOUIS1-4L0, +115L6 unU
12/29/2018BOSTON2-3L0, +100L5.5 ovU
12/31/2018NY ISLANDERS1-3L0, -140L6 unU
1/3/2019FLORIDA4-3W0, +105W6 unO
1/5/2019at BOSTON1-2L0, +185L5.5 evU
1/8/2019NEW JERSEY5-1W0, -110W5.5 unO
1/11/2019at CAROLINA 
1/12/2019TAMPA BAY 
1/14/2019at EDMONTON 
1/16/2019at CALGARY 
1/18/2019at VANCOUVER 

CAROLINA - Schedule
12/16/2018ARIZONA3-0W0, -175W5.5 ovU
12/20/2018DETROIT1-4L0, -240L6 unU
12/22/2018PITTSBURGH0-3L0, -125L6 ovU
12/23/2018BOSTON5-3W0, +105W5.5 unO
12/27/2018at WASHINGTON1-3L0, +130L6 ovU
12/29/2018at NEW JERSEY0-2L0, -120L6 evU
12/31/2018PHILADELPHIA3-1W0, -145W6 ovU
1/3/2019at PHILADELPHIA5-3W0, +105W6 evO
1/4/2019COLUMBUS4-2W0, -105W6 unP
1/6/2019at OTTAWA5-4W0, -170W6.5 unO
1/8/2019at NY ISLANDERS4-3W0, -105W6 unO
1/10/2019at TAMPA BAY1-3L0, +185L6.5 ovU
1/15/2019at NY RANGERS 
1/20/2019at EDMONTON 
1/22/2019at CALGARY 
BUFFALO: LAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.
COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G Carter Hutton.
LOST: C Ryan O'Reilly, G Robin Lehner, LW Benoit Pouliot, D Victor Antipin, D Josh Gorges, C Jordan Nolan, G Chad Johnson.
PLAYER TO WATCH: All eyes will be on Dahlin, the 18-year-old Swedish-born smooth-skating, play-making defenseman selected with the first pick in the draft. Dahlin has such potential, Hockey Hall of Fame
COACH and nine-time Stanley Cup-winner Scotty Bowman says the youngster has the potential to become the best defenseman in Sabres history. Dahlin has already roused a fan base, which jammed the Sabres 1,800-seat practice facility to see him perform during the team's rookie camp in June and a four-team prospects tournament earlier this month.
OUTLOOK: The Sabres can't get much worse than the over-priced and under-achieving squad that won three straight games just once, and endured losing streaks of four or more games seven times last season. Things became so grim, O'Reilly in April revealed he
LOST his passion for playing at times, and a losing mentality crept into the locker room. O'Reilly was traded to St. Louis in one of numerous moves GM Jason Botterill made to overhaul a roster that will feature anywhere between nine and 12 players not in the season-opening lineup a year ago. The question is how long it will take for the newcomers to find chemistry.
CAROLINA: LAST SEASON: 36-35-11, 83 points. Sixth in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Rod Brind'Amour (first season, first NHL season).
ADDED: F Andrei Svechnikov, D Dougie Hamilton, D Calvin de Haan, G Petr Mrazek.
LOST: G Cam Ward, F Jeff Skinner, F Elias Lindholm, D Noah Hanifin.
PLAYER TO WATCH: C Sebastian Aho. The 21-year-old led the team last season with 29 goals and 65 points. He's entering his third season, and figures to be the team's top offensive threat ' especially now that Jeff Skinner has been traded to Buffalo ' though it will be worth watching to see how he adjusts to playing center instead of the wing.
OUTLOOK: With each passing year, the Hurricanes grow more tired of talking about their lengthy run of playoff absences. Either way, they'll make history this season ' either by finally ending the drought, or by missing out yet again and matching the longest dry spell in NHL history. They have the defensive corps of a playoff team, but will need improvement from G Scott Darling and their young scorers to generate offense to finally make the postseason.
Sabres' Skinner makes initial return to Carolina

Left winger Jeff Skinner has skated many times at PNC Arena.

Never has he been on the visiting team.

That changes Friday night when the Buffalo Sabres bring Skinner along for the matchup with the host Carolina Hurricanes.

Skinner, 26, played the first eight years of his NHL career with the Hurricanes until an offseason trade sent him to Buffalo last summer. He has been one of the NHL's top offensive players this season.

He was the Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, when he racked up 31 goals. He reached the 30-goal mark two other times with Carolina (33 in 2013-14, and 37 in 2016-17) before notching 24 goals last season.

Skinner is tied for second in the NHL with 29 goals, trailing only Washington's Alex Ovechkin. He's on pace to collect the third-most goals in a season in Sabres history.

"Jeff Skinner has obviously been a big, big contributor for us, has put us in this position," Sabres coach Phil Housley said.

Skinner's line could include center Jack Eichel and right winger Tage Thompson. Eichel hasn't played since New Year's Eve, but he could be ready to return to action, based on Thursday's practice session.

The Hurricanes had been on a roll with a season-best five-game winning streak until Thursday night's 3-1 setback at Tampa Bay, where they concluded a three-game road trip.

Carolina led 1-0 until the final nine minutes, so it was a frustrating finish.

The Hurricanes return to home ice with youngsters playing increased roles, particularly among forwards as veteran Jordan Staal remains out of the lineup.

"They're learning on the fly and putting them in some situations," coach Rod Brind'Amour said of the relative newcomers. "I don't think they lose confidence. If anything, I think it's the opposite. They gain confidence because they are getting shifts out there."

Forward Micheal Ferland said the recent stretch has been good for the Hurricanes.

"We wanted to get something going," Ferland said. "I think we put ourselves in a good spot to create momentum for ourselves."

Hurricanes captain Justin Williams has 300 career goals after his second-period tally Thursday night. He has scored in four of the past five games.

The Hurricanes are likely to go with Curtis McElhinney as the goalie after using Petr Mrazek on Thursday night.

Buffalo has won three games in a row.

Sabres rookies C.J. Smith and Lawrence Pilut, a defenseman, scored their first NHL goals in Tuesday night's 5-1 victory against the New Jersey Devils.

"It was really kind an indescribable moment more than anything," Smith said. "You work your whole life to get to the NHL and you get that first one, it's pretty exciting."

Housley said he likes to see the mixture of goals from several sources.

"There are going to be guys that contribute offensively when you win," he said. "It doesn't matter who it is on our team. I think that's going to help their confidence as we move forward."

This is the first of three meetings this season. Buffalo returns to Raleigh in mid-March.

Friday's game is also part of a back-to-back for the Sabres, who will be home Saturday against Tampa Bay.

--Field Level Media

Last Updated: 6/3/2020 9:31:38 PM EST

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