'After losing to the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference finals last season, Buffalo has beaten Carolina all three times they've played this season.'
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'Buffalo has won 10 straight road games to start the season, tying the team record for a single-season set from December 10, 1983 to January 23, 1984. Counting last season, the team has won 14 consecutive road games.'
‘Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff appreciates having a player like Numminen on the blue line. “We look to Teppo for a lot of things,” Ruff said. “He is steady back on defense. He can kill penalties and quarterback the power play if needed. It just seems as if he’s in the right place at the right time all the time.”’
‘According to Forbes, the Sabres generated $70 million in revenues last season and posted operating income of $4.6 million, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The average operating profit of an NHL club was placed at $4.2 million. Last season, the Sabres had player costs of $34 million, adding in benefits and bonuses. This season, payroll has climbed beyond $40 million.’
‘The more you hear, the more it seems his ascension to the Sabres was part of a continuous work in progress, a natural progression to the NHL. Professional hockey was always the plan, ever since he started skating at age, gasp, 21 months. Maybe that’s why he looks like he’s been with the Sabres for three years rather than three games. He certainly belongs.’
‘All told, nine different players have scored winners this season for the Sabres. Briere has three, including two in the past three games. “The fun thing is that it’s not always the same guy,” Briere said. “It’s always a different guy that finds a way to put the final touch or get us back in the game. I think confidence has a lot to do with it.”‘
‘G Martin Biron has won all five of his games this season.’
'Although Card's expression on the bench at times was a dead giveaway that he's a rookie, there were no dead giveaways on the ice. In fact, nothing appeared on his stat line except 11:34 of ice time, all at even strength. And that's OK.'
Playoff foes are trouble (Raleigh News and Observer)
Eye on the Hurricanes (Raleigh News and Observer)
Canes get home test from Sabres tonight (Durham Herald Sun)
Sabres look for third straight win over Hurricanes (Sportsticker)
Buffalo Sabres (14-1-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (9-6-3) (The Sports Network)
Game notes (CarolinaHurricanes.com)
Game # 17: Buffalo @ Carolina (SabresFans.com)