Saturday, January 17, 2009

Sabres/Hurricanes Preview




It is really hard to write about this Sabres team when of the last two games you have seen a total of twenty minutes of game play.  The Sabres are coming off their comeback win against the Stars while the Hurricanes are on a four-game losing streak.  Lindy Ruff had this quote about the ‘Canes

"One that's going well or one that's desperate to win a game," Ruff said today at HSBC Arena. "We've got one tonight that's desperate to win a game. We need to exceed that desperation."

This is the first meeting between the Sabres and Hurricanes this season.  The Hurricanes are in the 10th spot in the Conference, one point behind 8th place and two points behind the Sabres in 7th place. Both of these teams are desperate for wins and they have both been streaky teams. 

The Sabres are now dropping the seven defenseman rotation due to the injury to Andrej Sekera.  Sekera will be out for a few weeks due to an ankle injury he suffered against the Stars.  Much of the lineup should stay the same with Butler replacing Sekera. 

Game time is 7pm at the Bank which has a good history for the Sabres.  The Sabres swept the series at home against the Hurricanes last year, beating them 7-1 and 8-1.  With the history between these teams, it should be interesting. 

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