Fans in Buffalo know all about the Sabres, so here's a quick look at tonight's opponent, compliments of the notes sent Thursday night by the stellar Carolina Hurricanes PR staff:
*Tonight’s game marks coach Paul Maurice’s 900th regular-season game behind the Carolina franchise’s bench. Maurice is just the seventh coach in NHL history to coach 900 games for a franchise, and trails only Nashville’s Barry Trotz (986) and Buffalo’s Lindy Ruff (1,068) among active coaches in games coached with their current teams.
*Strong in the Circle: Alternate captain Brandon Sutter notched his first assist of the season on Wednesday against Boston. In his fourth NHL season, Sutter is proving to be a formidable force on faceoffs, having won 45-of-73 (61.6%) of draws thus far in 2011-12. Sutter won 44.3 percent of faceoffs in 2010-11.
*Skinner Streaks Snapped: 2011 Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner has five points (1g, 4a) in the first four games in 2011-12. Skinner’s three-game point streak and two-game assist streak were snapped on Wednesday against Boston. He manufactured a five-game point streak and had assists in three consecutive games in his rookie season. Skinner skated in all 82 games last season, collecting 62 points (31g, 32a) and 46 penalty minutes.
HURRICANES vs. SABRES SERIES NOTES
·Carolina trails all-time 67-91-20-1 (179), including 38-39-13 (90) at home and 29-52-7-1 (89) in Buffalo.
·The Hurricanes and Sabres tied the 2010-11 four-game series, each going 2-1-1.
·The Carolina franchise has earned points in every season series (dating back to 1979-80 and includes games as Hartford), but has won only six of the 30 series during that span.
·Buffalo is the only NHL team with which the Carolina franchise has not conducted a trade of any kind.
·The Canes are 3-7-0 in their last nine trips to the First Niagra Center.
·CAR career point-per-game players vs. BUF: Jamie McBain – 4 pts (1g, 3a) in 4 games
·Cam Ward is 6-6-2, with a 2.87 GAA and two shutouts in 14 career appearances against Buffalo. Brian Boucher: 3-4-0, 2.14 GAA in seven games.
·BUF career point-per-game players vs. CAR: – Derek Roy – 28 pts (12g, 16a) in 23 games
·Ryan Miller is 11-5-4 with a 2.61 GAA in 20 career appearances against the Hurricanes. Jhonas Enroth: 1-0-0, 0.97 GAA in one game.
·No player on either team’s roster has played for both Carolina and Buffalo. Carolina assistant coach Tom Barrasso was drafted by the Sabres in the first round, fifth overall, in 1983, and played his first five-plus NHL seasons with Buffalo.