Mar 7, 2012; Buffalo, NY, USA; NHL linesman Don Henderson (91) drops the puck for a face off between Buffalo Sabres right wing Brad Boyes (22) and Carolina Hurricanes center Brandon Sutter (16) at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Hurricanes Sink the Sabres?

Today the Carolina Hurricanes look to pick up their first win on the season as they host the Buffalo Sabres.  The Canes are coming off of a 4-1 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, Jeff Skinner being the team’s lone goal scorer. This is the first meeting between these two teams and it is sure to be entertaining.

The Carolina Hurricanes are off to a rough start, as they don’t quite seem to be able to find the chemistry they need to put the pucks in the back of the net.  Eric Staal and Jordan Staal had some great opportunities against the Lightning on Tuesday night, but the combination of the two together, doesn’t seem to be going as well as they planned. Granted it is going to take some trial and error, but time is not something of the essence this season.  It’s something that Muller is going to have to finagle and find out, fast. Being down 0-2 on the season and outshot by a 9-2 margin isn’t ideal for a 48-game season.

Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk were the healthy scratches for Carolina on Tuesday, from a fan’s perspective, insert them in the line up.  Drayson Bowman showed promise registering a handful of shots on net against Mathieu Garon, and Boychuk and Dalpe were the Checkers top scorers. Throw Boyhuck in line with Alex Semin to get the speed and skill set coming and perhaps you will find the missing links.

Buffalo has used their offense and power to push their way into the win column, with 2 victories under their belt. Thomas Vanek proved to be the team’s go-to man as he placed five-points (a career first) against the Flyers and an assist against the Leafs for 6 points in the two games combined. In taking a look at the opponent’s view of tonight’s game,  we can expect to see Jonas Enroth between the pipes for Buffalo as Miller is saved for the home game against the Washington Capitals.

Storm Watch:

  • Thomas Vanek is going to be the main man to shut down tonight as he leads the Sabres with six points in the past two games, playing a pivotal role for Buffalo.
  • Despite Vanek leading in points, Jason Pominville led the way for Buffalo against the Leafs, registering four points on the season with an assist and game-winning goal.
  • Justin Faulk has been the defensive secret weapon for Carolina and is currently leading the team with ice time.
  • Eric Staal, despite not having a single goal, leads the team with 10 shots on net.  His net front presence is superb, he’s just got to find a way to light the lamp.

Face off is at 7:00PM tonight and can be seen on MSG or SPSD.

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