Game Preview: Sabres at Hurricanes

BY: DAVID KOLB

BUFFALO SABRES (12-11-6) @ CAROLINA HURRICANES (12-11-7)

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS

The Sabres look to pick up wins on consecutive nights as they take on the Hurricanes in Raleigh. Buffalo beat the Islanders 3-2 in overtime, while the Hurricanes lost 4-3 to the Capitals in a shootout.

RASMUS ROLLING

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Defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen continues to emerge as one of the NHL’s top young defensemen. The 22-year-old netted the game-winning goal in overtime against the Islanders Friday. Ristolainen now has two goals and 19 assists for 21 points in 28 games. He takes the ice with a five-game points streak.

PUTTING UP POINTS

Matt Moulson tormented his former team last night by scoring a power play goal against the Islanders. The 33-year-old has four points in his last four games (one goal, three assists) and has tallied 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 20 games this season. He’s also been lethal with the man-advantage, recording nine points (six goals, three assists) on the power play.

SKINNER STREAKING

Jeff Skinner scored a goal for the Hurricanes on Friday to give him three goals in his past two games and six points (three goals and three assists) in his past six. The Markham, Ontario native will take the ice tonight as Carolina’s top scorer, as he has 12 goals with 14 assists for 26 points in 28 games.

KANE ON A ROLL

It appears as if the off-ice issues and injuries are behind Evander Kane, as he gained an assist in Friday’s win over the Isles. Kane enters tonight’s tilt with five points (four goals, one assist) in his past six games and nine points (five goals, four assists) in 18 games this season.