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GAME PREVIEW: BUFFALO AT CAROLINA

The Sabres and Hurricanes close out the preseason tonight in Raleigh

Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 3:37 PM / News
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GAME PREVIEW: BUFFALO AT CAROLINA
This is Buffalo\u2019s seventh and final preseason game after opening camp on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at First Niagara Center; it is their fourth and final road game during the 2013 preseason. The Sabres are 2-1-0 on the road so far, with a 5-4 shootout win at Montreal on Sept. 15, a 3-1 win at Columbus on Sept. 17 and a 5-3 loss at Toronto on Sept. 22.


This is Buffalo’s seventh and final preseason game after opening camp on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at First Niagara Center; it is their fourth and final road game during the 2013 preseason. The Sabres are 2-1-0 on the road so far, with a 5-4 shootout win at Montreal on Sept. 15, a 3-1 win at Columbus on Sept. 17 and a 5-3 loss at Toronto on Sept. 22.

Buffalo and Carolina/Hartford have played 10 preseason games all-time. The Sabres are 5-4-1 in preseason contests against the Hurricanes/Whalers; 3-1-0 at home, 1-1-1 in on the road and 1-2-0 at neutral sites. The Sabres topped the Hurricanes, 5-2, in their preseason home opener eight days ago, on Sept. 19. The Sabres and Hurricanes will face off three times in 2013-14, including two January matchups at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

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Both of the Sabres’ 2012 first-round picks, Zemgus Girgensons (4 GP, 3+1) and Mikhail Grigorenko (6 GP, 2+2), tie Marcus Foligno (3 GP, 3+1) to lead the Sabres with four points in the preseason. Seven other Sabres are close behind the trio, with three points each. Jhonas Enroth has led the Sabres goaltenders with 154 minutes played, registering a 1.95 goals against average and .932 save percentage through parts of three games, going 1-0-1 with a shutout.

The Sabres have topped the NHL in rookie goal production during the preseason; they lead the league with 11 goals from a league-high seven different rookies. Only four other teams are close: Dallas (8 goals from 4 different rookies), Calgary (7 from 4), Montreal (7 from 4) and Tampa Bay (7 from 5). These totals include goals through Wednesday’s games.

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The Sabres are 142-148-50 all-time in the preseason. Buffalo is 29-12-4 in preseason action since the 2005-06 season. These totals only include NHL games; the Sabres also defeated Adler Mannheim, 8-3, as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere Series in Germany.

Buffalo will open the regular season on the road on Wednesday, Oct. 2, as they travel to Detroit to visit their new division rivals in the first-ever Atlantic Division matchup for both the Sabres and the Red Wings. The team will then head back to Buffalo for their home-opener on Friday, Oct. 4 against the Ottawa Senators.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82