'The Hurricanes are winless in their last seven games but have five ties during that span.'
Archives for January 2002
'The Sabres earned playoff berths in five straight seasons and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999, with an average team that had exceptional goaltending. This season they're just plain average, beginning with their 15th-ranked offense (2.67 goals per game).'
'After playing with Dumont and Barnes for most of the season, Satan has a team-high 40 points and is tied with Dumont for the lead in goals (18). The three players have accounted for more than 30 percent of Buffalo's goals, and own 112 points among them.'
'The Buffalo Sabres' two-game winning streak likely will afford forward Erik Rasmussen's shoulder and defenseman Richard Smehlik's psyche more time to mend.'
'Hurricanes' last win against an Eastern Conference opponent came on New Year's Eve against Sabres, 5-4.'
The Buffalo Sabres stormed back in dynamic fashion Sunday afternoon, scoring with only 52.4 ticks remaining in regulation and then scoring in overtime to beat the Washington Capitals 3-2.
'The 31-year-old Smehlik is currently ranked 273 out of the 286 NHL defenseman that have played this year.'
'The Sabres appeared sunk until Satan buried his final shot of the game. Now they trail the eighth-place Montreal Canadiens – who beat the San Jose Sharks in Sunday's only other game – by five points.'
'"He's a great kid and he's a really great person. Combine that with his unbelievable talent and his work ethic, and you're looking at somebody who's going to be a great player in this league for a long, long time. I can't say enough about how good Timmy is going to be."'
'"Buffalo is a highly leveraged, small-market team. It's a very difficult situation the Sabres are in," said Badenhausen. "With hockey, it comes down to the arena deal. That's critical and the Sabres have a pretty mediocre arena situation."'