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GDT: Canes @ Slugs 11/14 7:00

andyt

Canes Moderator
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The Canes start a 3 game roadie in frigid Buffalo.

Was Monday an aberration or the start of the recovery? Everyone was accounted for at practice yesterday with Martinook in a yellow jersey. No word on whether Haula will play or if there will be a recall. I think the 11 forward/7 dman experiment is over. Mrazek should be in goal.

After a hot start, the Slugs have cooled off, going 0-4-1 in their last 5. They’re coming off a sweep at the hands of Tampa in Stockholm last weekend. Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart both have 8 goals, Skinner has 7, Victor Olofson has 7 goals, 6 on the PP. Eichel and Dahlin each have 11 assists. Carter Hutton is having a good season in goal with a 2.39/.921 stat line. Linus Ullmark has a .915 save % but has a 3.21 GAA. They’re good on the PP, 5th at 25.0%, but 23rd on the PK at 77.1%
 

jeffbear

Mod Squad
Staff member
You can back up the Sabres skid a little more than that ... they've lost 6 of their last 7 in all circumstances and have only scored 3 or more goals once in that stretch. Which is kind of the root problem, except that their team D also got erratic around the same time. Three of those loses featured 5 or more goals allowed. In the grand scheme, I doubt Buffalo is as good as they looked early on but they aren't as bad as they've been in this last stretch either. They'll be plenty ticked off and should have had ample time to rest after that European jaunt, having arrived back in Buffalo on Sunday and not having played in the meantime.

Bottom line, Buffalo was getting scoring from all over the lineup early, but they're still pretty much a top heavy team offensively. So if you can deprive Eichel's line of chances and keep them off of the power play, the Sabres really have to grind it out from there. Easier said than done to be sure, but it's kind of the standard plan in the modern NHL where scoring depth is the absolute gold standard. One tricky thing for Caroline though ... the general plan of just blowing by a defense with speed isn't going to work as the Sabres spent the summer getting dramatically more mobile throughout the roster. Getting into the possession game won't be easy, as the Canes will have to work to beat the Sabres puck pressure and be smart about their passing.
 

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
Haula centered McGinn and Gibbons in the morning skate and is projected to play tonight. Fleury stays in the lineup and Mrazek goes in goal.

Dzingel-Staal-Foegele
Svechnikov-Aho-Teravainen
Niederreiter-Wallmark-Necas
McGinn-Haula-Gibbons

Slavin-Hamilton
Edmundson-Pesce
Gardiner-Fleury
 

SlapShots

Active member
Looks like they are going to limit Haula's ice time? I'm guessing his knee injury was not structural?
 

jeffbear

Mod Squad
Staff member
From what I've gathered Huala's knee issue since the season started is mostly swelling related, which isn't all that unusual after the kind of surgery he had. He twisted it in camp and has had problems with swelling and discomfort that’ll requires time off the ice.
 

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
Tonight’s officials:

Referees:
Kyle Rehman #10, Francois Charron #6

Linesmen:
Scott Cherrey #50, Jonny Murray #95

Canes were 3-0 with Rehman and 1-3 with Charron last year. Slugs were 0-3 and 1-4.
 

Punzil

Well-known member
Skinner scores... because of course he does. 1-0 Slugs.

Staal scores his 100th goal as a Cane. 1-1.

Aho on the PP puts the Canes ahead 2-1.

Turbo time. 3-1 Canes.

Skinner slashes Hamilton, no call.

Lazar scores on a breakaway, 3-2.

Dangit, Fleury... thankfully Mrazek "says no."
 
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Punzil

Well-known member
Turnover between Pesce and Dzingel... 3-3.

Svech gets it back on the power play, 4-3!
 
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CanadaCanes

Well-known member
Dzingel with a simply brutal giveaway after calling for the pass in the slot...wtf??? Pesce should know better but what a dumb, dumb play by Dzingel.
 

andyt

Canes Moderator
Staff member
Skinner ties it with the extra attacker. On to OT.

too many missed chances to clear the puck, Nino loses a battle at the top of the crease and Mrazek was distracted by Larson and lost the puck.
 
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