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4/5 Game Nite in Buffalo


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On ESPN + and Hulu.

BUFFALO, NY. - Forward Steven Lorentz may return to the Carolina Hurricanes' lineup tonight when they take on the Buffalo Sabres.

#78 has been out of the lineup for a week, but skated alongside Max Domi and Jordan Martinook at Tuesday's morning skate.

With Domi playing with the above duo, this would also mean that Martin Necas will return to working with Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trocheck.

On defense the same six skaters are expected as Ethan Bear remains out with his lower-body injury.

Lastly, in net, Frederik Andersen will start for a third consecutive game. The All-Star netminder is 33-11-3 with a league-leading 2.03 goals against average (GAA) and a .928 save percentage (SV%).

The projected lineup for tonight's 7 p.m. ESPN+ & Hulu telecast is:

Forwards:

Teravainen - Aho - Jarvis

Svechnikov - Trocheck - Necas

Niederreiter - Staal - Fast

Domi - Lorentz - Martinook

Defensemen:

Slavin - DeAngelo

Skjei - Pesce

Smith - Cole

Starting Goalie:

Andersen

Injuries:

Ethan Bear

Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Scratches:

Derek Stepan

Last Time Out: Marc-Andre Fleury stole the show Saturday in Carolina, stopping 37 out of 38 while backstopping his team to their 3-1 victory. The Canes doubled Minnesota in shots and controlled possession throughout, but the future Hall of Famer was the X-Factor. Teuvo Teravainen scored the only goal for the home side, despite missing most of the second period after taking a puck to the face.

Going For 100: The Canes have another chance to hit 100 points tonight, just the second time in franchise history that they would hit that mark. Currently with 45 wins and 98 points, both sit third all-time for the group, behind just the Stanley Cup-winning 2005-06 squad, and the 2018-19 crew.

The Dynamic Duo: Aho and Teravainen both enter tonight on seven-game point streaks. Aho has four goals and four assists since March 22, while Teravainen has provided two goals and eight helpers.

Need A Helper: Speaking of duos, Jaccob Slavin and Tony DeAngelo are also creeping their way up some franchise history lists, both sitting third and fourth right now for assists by a defenseman in a single season. DeAngelo (35) and Slavin (34) sit only behind Frantisek Kaberle (38) and Joni Pitkanen (40).

Domi's Dominance: In 15 career games against Buffalo, Max Domi has totaled 19 points. Tonight will be his first time playing against them as a member of the Canes.

A Look At The Other Side: Although they are not expected to make the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sabres have earned points in eight of their last ten games. Including wins over Calgary, Pittsburgh and Nashville, Buffalo is also 9-4-3 since March 1, certainly still posing a threat to any club they take on. A key piece to the team's offense is Jeff Skinner, who is second in team scoring. With 50 points in 68 games, the former Hurricane trails only Tage Thompson on Buffalo's roster.

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Milestones Within Reach: Max Domi's first goal with the Canes will be his 100th of his NHL career. Jordan Staal is one point shy of 600 for his career.

What Are We Wearing?: The team will be wearing their white sweaters tonight.

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6 minutes ago, Anybodyhome said:

Jesper Fast forehand-backhand beauty. Didn't know he had that move!

GOAL!

Ya maybe we should put him on the SO team for the rest of the season. That was textbook easy(and by easy I mean simple) and classic. Our boys tend to get way way to fancy. 

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wtf fug is Freddie's deal man?

best goalie in the league for a good portion of the season to straight ass for the last few weeks? and no real injuries that we know of to explain it...

maybe he's just coming back down to earth from career best numbers to the same player he always was.

#PYOTR2022

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