Andrej Sekera and Nathan Gerbe will finally make their returns to Buffalo, while the Carolina Hurricanes (21-19-9) will see Jamie McBain for the first time this season as the Hurricanes travel to take on the Buffalo Sabres (13-28-7) tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on SportsSouth and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
This is the first meeting between the two teams after the first scheduled game was postponed until February.Hurricanes’ Lineup Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer Jeff Skinner – Elias Lindholm – Tuomo Ruutu Manny Malhotra – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Drayson Bowman (Injured). Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore (Healthy). Sabres’ Lineup Steve Ott – Cody Hodgson – Linus Omark Matt Moulson – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford Marcus Foligno – Bryan Flynn – Zemgus Girgensons Kevin Porter – Ville Leino – Matt Ellis Christian Ehrhoff – Mike Weber Tyler Myers – Henrik Tallinder Brayden McNabb – Jamie McGinn Jhonas Enroth [Ryan Miller] Possible Scratches: Cody McCormick, Matt D’Agostini (Injured).
Hurricanes’ Outlook: The team won a great game in Philadelphia last night, pulling out a win in the final six minutes as Jiri Tlusty scored his seventh of the season. Alexander Semin also scored from the first line, while Nathan Gerbe scored a highlight reel goal.
The Hurricanes will need that type of production from the first line and for the first time this season, the line looks as dominant as it did last season. Getting some secondary scoring from Gerbe, who has been quiet for a while now, is also important to the team’s success.
Anton Khudobin played last night, earning a win. Coach Kirk Muller has shown before he has no problem riding Khudobin, but with three games in four days, it may be smart to play Justin Peters against the lesser competition.
Patrick Dwyer left the game last night with an upper-body injury and did not return. Nothing further has been announced on the injury.
Sabres’ Outlook: It has not been a good year for the Sabres in any regard. The team sits at the bottom of the standings for the entire league and is currently on a four-game winless streak, losing two games in overtime.
Cody Hodgson leads the team with 24 points in 38 games.
The Sabres may be low in the standings, but the Hurricanes have shown that when they’re not on their game, any team can beat them. The team needs to go in with the right mindset in this one.
A recap will be posted after the game.