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Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/23/14

Carolina Hurricanes (20-19-9) at Buffalo Sabres (13-28-7)

NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm (First Niagara Center)

The Line: Buffalo Sabres +100 / Carolina Hurricanes -110 --- Over/Under: 5 See the Latest Odds


First Niagara Center will be the site of the visiting Carolina Hurricanes taking on the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night in the NHL.

Carolina is in the midst of making a playoff push, but sitting on the outside looking in as it stands in the Eastern Conference. Currently, the Hurricanes sit in 13th place with 51 points, but six teams are within three points of the eighth place spot in the standings. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes faced off against the Flyers and blew a two goal lead, but shook it off to get the eventual 3-2 win. Carolina received contributions from a variety of players, including a between the legs trick-shot goal from Nathan Gerbe, Alexander Semin added one for his fourth goal in three games, and the eventual game winner from Jiri Tlusty in the third period.

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Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes - 1/23/14

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The Buffalo Sabres have the worst offense in the NHL, scoring 1.7 goals per game. However, the offense has scored three goals in each of the last four games, albeit none of the four games resulted in a victory for Buffalo. On Tuesday, the Sabres dropped a home game to the Florida Panthers despite outshooting the Panthers 35-22. The loss puts the Sabres at 3-4-3 in the last ten contests and dead last in the league in points with only 33 on the season. 

Carolina is 4-1 in the last five meetings with Buffalo, but the home team is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams. The Hurricanes are 5-2 in the last seven games versus the Eastern Conference. Carolina will be playing the second game of a back-to-back and the Canes are just 17-36 in the last 53 games when playing back-to-back games. Buffalo is winless in the last four games at First Niagara Center, 9-23 in the last 32 versus the Eastern Conference, and just 10-31 in the last 41 games versus a team with a losing record. There are far better plays on the board than this game, but I lean to Carolina as more of a Sabres fade.

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