The PNC Arena will be the venue on Saturday when the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes meet in a battle of Eastern Conference foes. Buffalo is 3rd from the bottom of the Atlantic Division standings. Carolina is 3rd from the top of the Metropolitan Division. While they may sit on different sides of their respective divisions, they are both riding 3 game losing streaks and losers of 4 of their last 5 games.
Defensively is where these 2 teams differ the most. The Hurricanes are near the top of the standings in terms of goals allowed per game at just 2.27 and the Sabres are near the bottom allowing 3.65 goals per game. Carolina will be heavy favorites here and if they are to live up to the expectations of the experts, they will need Frederik Anderson to continue his stellar goalkeeping. If he is able to keep his 2.04 goals allowed average, the Canes should have no problem picking up this win.
Why not us?The Ottawa Senators were recently -350 underdogs to this same Carolina team on Thursday and stole a 3-2 win on the road. Buffalo is in a similar spot as -300 underdogs in Carolina, so why can’t they replicate what the Senators accomplished a couple of days ago? The short answer is they can replicate the Senators and steal a win on the road in Carolina. It will need to be done with defense and a full team effort. Tage Thompson will be leading the charge like he has all year as he is tops in points (16) and goals (10) for the Sabres.
The Sabres will need to use Carolina’s recent lack of offensive confidence against them. Carolina has not scored more than 2 goals in any of the 3 games they have lost during their 3-game losing streak. They will need whoever they decide to put in the net to stand on their head to give them an advantage. Aaron Dell is currently listed as
Keep The Puck MovingThe Sabres struggling is no shock but the Canes recent stretch of 7 have been mind boggling. They have only scored more than 2 goals once and that came in their only win in the 7-game stretch. Their leading scorer, Sebastian Aho, did not score in any of the losses but put 2 in the net in their sole win. He will need to lift up his teammates to get them out of this funk they seem to be in.
The century mark for Turbo 💯 pic.twitter.com/5WgwEp9oZV— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) December 3, 2021
In their latest loss to Ottawa 3-2, the Canes did not lack effort in getting shots on net. They peppered Anton Forsberg of Ottawa with 49 shots. However, Antti Raanta only faced 20 shots and saved just 17. If Raanta is to start again in this game, he will need to be much stronger whether he faces 20 shots or 40 shots, he needs to keep the Canes in the game and allow their offense to play freely instead of from behind.
- Carolina is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Buffalo.
- Carolina is 6-3 SU at home this season.
- Buffalo is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games against Carolina.
- Buffalo is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games.