Preview: Hurricanes vs. Sabres (11/18/11)

CAROLINA HURRICANES vs. BUFFALO SABRES

Friday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.

RBC Center * Raleigh, NC

Hurricanes: 6-10-3 (15 pts.)

Sabres: 11-7-0 (22 pts.)

* All statistics through NHL games of Nov. 16

TV: FOX Sports Carolinas HD

RADIO: Hurricanes Radio Network: WCMC 99.9 FM The Fan (Raleigh – flagship); WWNB 1490AM/105.7FM (New Bern, NC); WAVQ 1400 (Jacksonville, NC); WMFD 630AM (Wilmington, NC)

INTERNET: www.CarolinaHurricanes.com

AUDIO CLIP OF THE DAY

Please find below a link to an .mp3 file of Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice as he spoke to the media on Thursday at Raleigh Center Ice. Click here to listen.

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Carolina Hurricanes host the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at the RBC Center for the second of four meetings between the teams this season (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolina HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes won the first meeting, 4-3, on Oct. 14 in Buffalo.

The teams split four meetings in 2010-11, with each team going 2-1-1. Carolina hosts the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday at the RBC Center (5 p.m.).

BROADCAST NOTES

— FOX Sports Carolinas continues its coverage of the Hurricanes’ 2011-12 season on Friday when they host the Buffalo Sabres. As always, John Forslund will have the play-by-play call and former professional goaltender Tripp Tracy will provide color analysis. Bob Harwood joins the team’s FOX Sports Carolinas broadcasts this season as host of the Hurricanes Live pregame show, and reporting from rinkside during the game.

— Fans can tune into the Hurricanes Radio Network’s flagship station, 99.9 FM The Fan as Hall of Fame broadcaster Chuck Kaiton calls every Canes game. Capitol Broadcasting’s Mike Maniscalco hosts Stormfront and Aftermath surrounding all broadcasts.

HURRICANES STREAKS

None

HURRICANES MILESTONES WITHIN REACH

Joni Pitkanen is one game shy of 500 NHL games played

Tuomo Ruutu is four assists shy of 100 Hurricanes assists

HURRICANES MILESTONES AND FIRSTS RECENTLY ACHIEVED

Jeff Skinner played in his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game, Nov. 14 vs. PHI

Jussi Jokinen recorded his 300th career NHL point, Nov. 12 vs. PIT

Anthony Stewart played in his 200th career NHL game, Nov. 11 at NYR

CAROLINA NOTES

Bonus Hockey: Five of the last seven meetings between the Hurricanes and Sabres at the RBC Center have gone to overtime, including both matchups in the 2010-11 series. The Hurricanes have posted a 4-0-1 record in those five games.

Shorthanded Leaders: The Hurricanes have twice scored two shorthanded goals in a game this season and lead the NHL with five shorthanded goals, through games of Nov. 16. Carolina accomplished the feat on Nov. 14 against Philadelphia and on Oct. 14 at Buffalo. The record for most shorthanded goals in a game in Carolina franchise history is three – on April 7, 2006, in a 4-3 win against Washington. The Hurricanes scored seven shorthanded goals in 82 games last season.

Shorthanded Snipers: Hurricanes forwards Brandon Sutter and Patrick Dwyer are tied for the NHL-lead with two shorthanded goals each (through games of Nov. 16). Sutter potted shorthanded goals at Buffalo (10/14) and at New Jersey (11/8). Dwyer scored both of his shorthanded goals against Philadelphia (11/14).

Penalty Shot Goal: Winger Patrick Dwyer scored the Hurricanes’ first penalty shot goal of the 2011-12 season on Nov.14 against the Flyers. The goal, a shorthanded tally, was Dwyer’s first career penalty shot goal and attempt. The last Carolina player to score a shorthanded penalty shot goal was Chad LaRose against Boston on Dec. 28, 2007.

Drawing Up Success: In the Hurricanes’ last 11 games, Eric Staal has won 56.5 percent of his face offs (113 of 200). Staal leads the Hurricanes in face offs won (193) and face offs taken (389). Brandon Sutter has won 36 of his last 62 draws (58.1%) in Carolina’s last four games and leads the team in face off win percentage (50.2%).

TWENTY-FIVE IN SIX

Hurricanes captain Eric Staal is one of just eight NHL players who have recorded 25-or-more goals in each of the last six seasons. Staal joins fellow forwards Dany Heatley (SJ), Jarome Iginla (CGY), Ilya Kovalchuk (NJ), Rick Nash (CBJ), Alex Ovechkin (WSH), Martin St. Louis (TB) and Thomas Vanek (BUF), on that distinctive list.

NHL PLAYERS WITH 25-OR-MORE GOALS IN EACH OF THE PAST SIX SEASONS (through Nov. 16)

PLAYER

TEAM

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

6-yr TOTAL

Dany Heatley

OTT-SJ-MIN

50

50

41

39

39

26

5

247

Jarome Iginla

CGY

39

35

50

35

32

43

5

243

Ilya Kovalchuk

ATL-NJ

52

42

52

43

40

31

3

259

Rick Nash

CBJ

31

27

38

40

33

32

4

205

Alex Ovechkin

WSH

52

46

65

56

50

32

7

307

Martin St. Louis

TB

31

43

25

30

29

31

4

193

Eric Staal

CAR

45

30

38

40

29

33

4

217

Thomas Vanek

BUF

25

43

36

40

28

32

11

215

BEHIND THE BENCHES

Friday’s game features two of the just seven coaches in NHL history who have coached more than 900 games with one franchise. Paul Maurice coached his 900th game with the Carolina franchise on Oct. 14 at Buffalo, while Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff (1,085) ranks second only to Al Arbour (1,500) in games coached with one franchise. Nashville coach Barry Trotz is the only other active coach to have coached more than 900 games with one franchise.

COACHES WITH 900+ GAMES COACHED WITH ONE FRANCHISE (through November 16, 2011)

COACH

GAMES

FRANCHISE

Al Arbour

1,500

NY Islanders

Lindy Ruff

1,085 (1,066)

Buffalo

Billy Reay

1,012

Chicago

Barry Trotz

1,002 (984)

Nashville

Jack Adams

964

Detroit

Toe Blake

914

Montreal

Paul Maurice

914 (895)

Hartford/Carolina

* active coaches in bold

BACK IN BLACK

The Hurricanes will wear their black jerseys for the fourth time in the 2011-12 season on Nov. 18 against Buffalo. Carolina is 1-1-1 this season when wearing its third jersey. The Canes wore their alternate jersey on Oct. 12 vs. BOS (3-2 win), Oct. 25 vs. OTT (3-2 SO loss) and Nov. 4 vs. WSH (5-1 loss). Carolina will next wear its third jersey on Nov. 23 vs. MTL. The Hurricanes unveiled their alternate uniform in 2008-09, and have gone 29-14-4 all-time when wearing the third jersey.

CANESPR.COM

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CAROLINA AT HOME: 4-4-1

CAROLINA ON THE ROAD: 2-6-2

CAROLINA ON THE POWER PLAY: 10-of-87 (11.5%)

CAROLINA SHORTHANDED: 61-of-75 (81.3%)

INJURIES

Defenseman, Joni Pitkanen, day-to-day, lower body, missed 3 games

2011-12 MAN GAMES LOST: 14

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

LOCATION

TIME

Nov. 18

Friday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

Nov. 19

Saturday

RBC Center

TBA

Nov. 20

Sunday

RBC Center

TBA

Nov. 21

Monday

Wells Fargo Center

11:30 a.m.

Nov. 22

Tuesday

Raleigh Center Ice

12:00 p.m.

Nov. 23

Wednesday

RBC Center

10:30 a.m.

Nov. 24

Thursday

TBA

TBA

* All times are local… Times and locations subject to change

HURRICANES vs. SABRES SERIES NOTES

— Carolina trails all-time 68-91-20-1 (180), including 38-39-13 (90) at home and 30-52-7-1 (90) in Buffalo.

— The clubs meet four times in 2011-12: In Raleigh: Nov. 18 and Jan. 6; in Buffalo: Oct. 14 (4-3 win) and March 7.

— The Hurricanes and Sabres tied the 2010-11 four-game series, each going 2-1-1.

— Five of the last seven games at the RBC Center have gone to overtime, with the Canes posting a 4-0-1 record during that span.

— 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 4-7-0 in their last 11 trips to the First Niagara Center.

— CAR career point-per-game players vs. BUF: Jamie McBain – five points (1g, 4a) in five games

— Cam Ward is 7-6-2, with a 2.88 GAA and two shutouts in 15 career appearances against Buffalo. Brian Boucher is 3-4-0 with a 2.14 GAA in seven games.

— BUF career point-per-game players vs. CAR:  – Derek Roy – 29 points (13g, 16a) in 24 games.

— Ryan Miller is 11-6-4 with a 2.68 GAA in 21 career appearances against the Hurricanes. Jhonas Enroth is 1-0-0 with a 0.97 GAA in one game against Carolina. Drew MacIntyre has not made an appearance against Carolina.

— 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.

— Buffalo associate coach Kevyn Adams played for the Carolina Hurricanes from 2001-2007, winning the Stanley Cup with the franchise in 2006.

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