Carolina Hurricanes (50-19-9, initial in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Buffalo Sabres (38-32-7, fifth in the Atlantic Division)
Buffalo, New York Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes immediately after Dylan Cozens scored two ambitions in the Sabres’ 7-six shootout win against the Detroit Red Wings.
Buffalo has a 15-20-four record in household games and a 38-32-7 record general. The Sabres have scored 276 total ambitions (three.six per game) to rank fifth in NHL play.
Carolina has a 50-19-9 record general and a 23-9-six record on the road. The Hurricanes are 21-four-six in 1-purpose games.
The matchup Saturday is the third time these teams play this season. The Hurricanes won five-three in the preceding meeting.
Prime PERFORMERS: Tage Thompson has 45 ambitions and 47 assists for the Sabres. Casey Mittelstadt has 11 assists more than the previous ten games.
Sebastian Aho has 34 ambitions and 31 assists for the Hurricanes. Stefan Noesen has two ambitions and 4 assists more than the previous ten games.
Final ten GAMES: Sabres: five-four-1, averaging three.1 ambitions, five.7 assists, three.two penalties and 7.eight penalty minutes whilst providing up three.eight ambitions per game.
Hurricanes: five-four-1, averaging two.two ambitions, four.1 assists, two.six penalties and five.two penalty minutes whilst providing up two.1 ambitions per game.
INJURIES: Sabres: Vinnie Hinostroza: day to day (private factors).
Hurricanes: Ondrej Kase: out (concussion), Jake Gardiner: out (hip/back), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles), Andrei Svechnikov: out for season (knee).
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