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After two days, the Sabres return to action tonight with the first half of a home-and-home series against the Carolina Hurricanes. Hopefully the team made good use of their two day break between games because it’s their last such break for the next three weeks.
Buffalo enters tonight with a 2-0 record on the young season, — victories over Philadelphia and Toronto — and are looking for their best start in four seasons. They head to Raleigh, NC to face a Carolina team that has yet to earn a win this season, — loses to Florida and Tampa Bay — and is trying to avoid its worst start in 15 years.
Carolina has been outscored 9-2 in its first two games, and have been viewed as a major disappointment in the first few days of the season.
They were one of the most talked about teams during the offseason after they acquired Jordan Staal, brother of captain Eric Staal, in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and signed free agent Alexander ...
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The Buffalo Sabres have put up some mind-boggling merchandise numbers just one week into the 2013 season. According to the team's official site, the Sabres have sold more merchandise in the first week of the current season than they did during the entire 2010-11 season.
The team's "Fan Appreciation Sale", which ran over the course of training camp before ending...
Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes
PNC Arena, 7 p.m.
TV: SportsSouth, MSG Buffalo
With every team having to deal with a shortened training camp, there are bound to be a lot of roster and lineup changes throughout these first few weeks. Carolina's head coach, Kirk Muller made a few adjustments to the lineup before Tuesday nights game by subbing Jeremy Welsh and Kevin...
Ever since Milan Lucic beat Ryan Miller out for a loose puck, the Buffalo Sabres and their fanbase have been crying out for more toughness, for more accountability. Apparently they realized that Patrick Kaleta is softer than a pool of Charmain Ultra. So what do they do? They hire that dude from the band Saliva and Brave Steve Ott. The idea was that those two would keep the...
On a busy Thursday, Eric Staal’s hat trick put the Carolina Hurricanes into the win column for the first time this season as they beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-3 last night in Raleigh. He scored once in the second and put up both Carolina goals in the third. His brother, Jordan, added a pair of assists in the win. Jason Pominville potted a pair in the loss.
That was part of a wild...
Thomas Vanek is the first player in Sabres history to record eight points in the first three games of the season.
Five players have had seven in the first three games: Gilbert Perreault (1972-72 and 1979-80), Don Luce (1975-76), Danny Gare (1979-80), Bob Sweeney (1992-93) and Pat LaFontaine (1992-93). (Source: Elias Sports Bureau).
Vanek recorded a career-best five points...
There are a lot of things I could say about the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. I could talk about how the Hurricanes, once again, got off to a slow start and allowed a goal on the first scoring chance of the game. Then, I could explain how they outshot Tampa Bay 36-26 but ended up losing because of being outplayed in the special teams department and getting...
Tonight the Carolina Hurricanes will take a third try at putting together a hockey game that does not look like a preseason game filled with mistakes that either get worked out or sent to the AHL before real games start. The Canes face a Buffalo team that is on the other side of the "who knows what we will get out of the gate" ledger with a 2-0 record.
Right now there...
The Bolts faced a divisional foe in Carolina following a tough loss Monday afternoon. Fortunately for the Lightning they jumped out in front early on against the Hurricanes and didn’t look back, winning 4-1. First period goals by Tom Pyatt and rookie Cory Conacher gave the Lightning a 2-0 going at intermission. The Hurricanes would cut the lead in half in the second period. Ryan...
For the second game in a row, the Hurricanes outchanced their opponents only to come out on the losing end of a blowout. Despite outchancing both Florida and Tampa Bay by a combined 40-34 and 32-23 at even strength, the Canes have been outscored 2-9 and now find themselves starting the year with an 0-2-0 record. This is frustrating to watch, but the fact that Carolina has been winning...
Don't look now but the Hurricanes have outchanced their opponents in each of their first three games this year and they managed to do it last night without the "aid" of score effects, as they were playing with the score tied or with a lead for most of the contest. Yesterday's game was easily Carolina's most impressive performance in this still very young season...
Well that was a fun couple of days, no? A 5-2 beat down of the Flyers followed by a near textbook road win against the Leafs and the Sabres have gotten off on the right foot for this shortened 2013 season.
Sunday’s opener was about as sloppy as expected, as the Sabres and Flyers plodded through forty minutes of fairly average hockey before the Sabres third period explosion...
The Buffalo Sabres are hoping a solid start by goalie Ryan Miller is a sign of good things to come.
That's not so good for the Carolina Hurricanes, who have struggled to score coming out of the nine-month layoff.
The visiting Sabres seek their best start in four seasons and look to hand the Hurricanes their worst in 15 years Thursday night in the opener of a home-and-home series...
The good thing is Buffaloâs top line is scoring all the goals right now. The bad thing is Buffaloâs top line is scoring all the goals right now.
Call it a blessing, and, a curse.
Hodgson (3), Pominville (3) and Vanek (2) have scored 80% of the goals for the Sabres. The 26-19-29 trio has potted eight of the Sabres 10 goals in the first three games.
Were it not for...
After watching backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth fail to stop the previously winless Carolina Hurricanes, the Buffalo Sabres are hoping Ryan Miller has some better luck.
Miller will seek to continue his strong start when the Sabres wrap up their home-and-home series with the Hurricanes on Friday night in Buffalo.
Enroth was charged with five goals in his first start this season,...
The Buffalo Sabres lost 6-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. A pathetic defensive efford by all 12 forwards and 6 D. The discipline that the team showed in wins vs. Philly and Toronto was flushed down the drain.
Jhonas Enroth now 0-9-3 in his last 12 decisions. He gave up career high four goals in the second period.
Tyler Myers, Robyn Regehr and the Sabres D corps didn't...