After a relieving 6-3 victory last night against the Sabres, the Hurricanes are right back at it tonight as they face-off against the Sabres once more, this time at the First Niagra Center. It’s the second meeting of the two teams in the past two nights, the Canes hoping to carry over some momentum from their 6-3 win, while the Sabres are plotting revenge.
“It’s a taken a couple games to get our legs and play the style that we want,” coach Kirk Muller said after Thursday’s win. “But it looked like tonight we’re finally getting into the mix and being able to play that tempo. If we can do that, I think we can wear some teams down. We have to be a 60-minute team.” (via Hurricanes.com)
The Hurricanes lead the NHL with most shots on net taken, and finally found a way to place them behind the goaltender as Jeff Skinner and Eric Staal posted five goals combined and defenseman Justin Faulk added a tally of his own in last night’s feat.
“You’ve just got to stick with it,” Skinner said. “You’ve got to be tougher, I think, around their net and today we beared down a little bit more and you stick with it, you keep putting that many pucks on the net, you’re going to get a bounce here or there, and one’s going to go in for you.” (via Hurricanes.com)
Tonight they look to do much of the same thing squaring off against the Sabres once again, however, don’t expect them to just sit there and take it. Despite sloppy plays last night their top line was still producing just as much as their previous two games, Pominville and his line netting the three goals for Buffalo. The team has yet to see any sparks come from young star Mikhail Grigorenko and his time is running out on his tryout contract.
Ryan Miller is expected to be back between the pipes for Buffalo tonight after being Enroth’s back up last night, which could provide a change of pace for Carolina. As long as they keep crashing the net and owning their shots, they should be able to pull off another victory. Once again, face off is at 7PM sharp.
To see what the opposing team’s fans have to say about tonight’s match-up and last night’s feat, take a gander over towards SabreNoise.