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Buffalo Sabres to Meet the Carolina Hurricanes for First Time This Season

January 23rd, 2014 at 2:10 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

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Tonight, for the first time this season, the Buffalo Sabres are set to meet the Carolina Hurricanes. This game has been long anticipated since its cancellation in early January due to the “Polar Vortex” in Buffalo, NY.

However, the team’s battle is not the only first of the night. Former Rochester Americans player, Phil Varone, has been promoted to the Sabres to play his first NHL game, ever.

As an Amerk, he was assistant captain and the lead goal scorer for the team. Tonight, he will be wearing number 84 and put on the line with Marcus Foligno and Brian Flynn.

“He is a highly skilled player and has certainly worked hard for this opportunity,” stated Ted Nolan, head coach. “You only play your first game in the National Hockey League once, so this this a special day for him.”

The Sabres have been earning more points in recent games, although their last ten record of 3-4-3 does not show it.

Linus Omark and John Scott with be healthy scratches, whereas Mark Pysyk will be a scratch due to injury.

Alexander Sulzer and Zenon Konnopka will both be back in the line up.

Jonas Enroth is expected to be starting in goal.

The Hurricans last ten record, well, it’s a bit more impressive than the Sabres. Winning seven out of the ten games, they are projected to play hard tonight.

The Hurricanes have some high point players on the team. Center, Eric Staal, has earned 40 points, 29 of which are assists. Left wing, Jeff Skinner, has 35 points overall, 21 of which are goals.

The Buffalo Sabres may still be worst team in the league, however, they do not stop trying to make things work. The team practices hard and the coaching staff is experimenting with new players and game strategies, so perhaps, it will work in their favor tonight.

Note: This story was written by Sabres101′s Lea Natalello.

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