Posted January 23, 2013 on AP on Fox
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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. While Buffalo (2-0-0) aims to open with three straight wins for the first time since the 2008-09 season, Carolina (0-2-0) looks to avoid its first three-game start without a point since 1997-98. That may be a difficult task against Miller, who will try to stay hot after stopping 34 shots in a 2-1 victory at Toronto on Monday. "He is a very good goalie, one of the top goalies in the league for a reason," Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. While it's only been two games, Miller carries a 1.50 goals-against average into his matchup with the Hurricanes. The only time in Miller's ...
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