Feb 25, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty (19) and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (57) go after a loose puck during the third period at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats Carolina 3 to 2. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #66 Vs. Buffalo Sabres

Mar 11, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth (1) guards the net against the Nashville Predators during the third period at First Niagara Center. Predators beat the Sabres 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

After their best game since the Olympic break, the Carolina Hurricanes (28-28-9) will take on the Buffalo Sabres (19-38-8) tonight at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the Canes first game after the two-week break. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Sabres won the last meeting, while the Canes won the first between the two teams.

Hurricanes Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Eric Staal – Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe – Manny Malhotra – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Andrei Loktionov – Riley Nash
 
Andrej Sekera – Ryan Murphy
Ron Hainsey – Mike Komisarek
Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison
 
Cam Ward/Anton Khudobin
Possible Scratches: John-Michael Liles, Justin Faulk (Injured). Radek Dvorak and Justin Peters (Healthy).
 
Sabres Lineup
Marcus Foligno – Cody Hodgson – Matt D’Agostini
Cory Conacher – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford
Nick Deslauriers – Ville Leino – Bryan Flynn
John Scott – Zenon Konopka – Matt Ellis
 
Christian Ehrhoff – Chad Ruhwedel
Tyler Myers – Mike Weber
Henrik Tallinder – Jamie McBain
 
Jhonas Enroth/ Michael Neuvrith
Possible Scratches: Zemgus Girgensons, Chris Stewart, Torrey Mitchell and Alexander Sulzer (Injured).

Hurricanes Outlook

In the last meeting, the Canes couldn’t find a way to beat goalie Ryan Miller. The good news is that Miller is no longer on the team after being traded to the St. Louis Blues, but that doesn’t mean the Hurricanes can think scoring will come much easier.

However, the offense, and the entire team, had a strong game against the New York Rangers on Tuesday and if the players compete like they did then, wins won’t be difficult.

The Hurricanes announced yesterday that John-Michael Liles has a concussion and is out indefinitely, while Justin Faulk could make his return to the lineup tonight after practicing for the first time yesterday.

It is likely Cam Ward starts the game after earning the win over the Rangers.

Sabres Outlook

The Sabres won their next two games after defeating the Hurricanes on Feb. 25, but in five games after that, the team has one win as the rough season in Buffalo continues.

After trading Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson not a whole lot of talent is left on the current roster as the team continues its rebuild.

However goalie Jhonas Enroth has shown the ability to steal games and the Hurricanes cannot take the Swedish netminder lightly in this one.

Cody Hodgson leads the team with 35 points in 55 games. Former Cane Jamie McBain has 13 points in 52 games.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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