Carolina Hurricanes: Game #44 At Buffalo Sabres

UPDATE: Tonight’s game has been postponed due to the weather in the Buffalo area.

 

 

The Carolina Hurricanes (17-17-9) will be back on the road to take on the worst team in the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres (12-26-4), tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

This is the first meeting between the two teams and Andrej Sekera and Jamie McBain‘s first time they’ll meet their former teams.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jeff Skinner – Tuomo Ruutu – Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Radek Dvorak
Zach Boychuk – Brett Sutter – Aaron Palushaj
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
Brett Bellemore – Ron Hainsey
John-Michael Liles – Ryan Murphy/Jay Harrison
 
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Riley Nash, Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal, Cam Ward (Injured). Mike Komisarek and Jay Harrison/Ryan Murphy (Healthy). Elias Lindholm (Travel).
 
Sabres Lineup
Matt Moulson – Tyler Ennis – Zemgus Girgensons
Matt D’Agostini – Johan Larsson – Steve Ott
Marcus Foligno – Brian Flynn – Linus Omark
Matt Ellis – Zenon Konopka – John Scott
 
Christian Ehroff – Mark Pysyk
Brayden McNabb – Mike Weber
Alexander Sulzer – Jamie McBain
 
Ryan Miller/Jhonas Enroth
Possible Scratches: Cody Hodgson, Cody McCormick, Kevin Porter, Henrik Tallinder (Injured). Tyler Myers (Suspended).

Hurricanes Outlook: The Canes are coming into this one riding a four-game winning streak and Anton Khudobin has three of those wins, but a starter has not been announced yet. Given that Kirk Muller gave the Russian the back-t0-back start, it’s unlikely he would rest Khudobin for this one, but the Sabres are an easier opponent than the Nashville Predators.

Jiri Tlusty and Riley Nash traveled with the team to Buffalo, but neither were taken off injured reserve and all three Checkers callups remain with the team.

Elias Lindholm was supposed to be back in time for the game, but may not make it because of lengthy travel due to the weather from Malmo, Sweden.

Ryan Murphy was benched in the third period during Sunday’s game after taking a bad penalty and could be replaced in the lineup by Jay Harrison, who was taken off IR on Sunday.

Tuomo Ruutu filled in nicely for Eric Staal at center and should be relied on in that position for this game too.

Sabres Outlook: This has not been the Sabres’ season as the team sits at the bottom of the standings, but do have a 5-3-2 record in their last 10.

Buffalo won its last game against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, 2-1, scoring in the third period to clinch the game.

But the Sabres got some bad news as Tyler Myers was suspended three games for a hit to the head on Dainius Zubrus.

Despite the team’s struggles, goalie Ryan Miller has seen success this season, playing extremely strong and earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic roster after he was expected to miss out on one at the start of the season.

Cody Hodgson leads the team with 19 points, but is expected to miss this game with an injury. Matt Moulson has 18 points.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Topics: Carolina Hurricanes, Elias Lindholm, Ryan Miller, Tuomo Ruutu

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