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Buffalo Sabres PreGame Skate: Carolina Hurricanes

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Mikhail Grigorenko doesn’t have much time left to prove to Lindy Ruff and the rest of the Buffalo Sabres organization that he has what it takes as an 18 year old kid to remain in the NHL this year and burn the first year of his entry level deal.

Game three of his five game tryout is tonight as the Buffalo Sabres head into the PNC Arena to face off against the Carolina Hurricanes.

While the Buffalo Sabres have used offensive and gritty power to blow out the gates to a 2-0 start, Carolina hasn’t been able to find the chemistry required to put a win on the board.  Being outscored 9-2 so far this year, the first year of having Eric Staal and Jordan Staal together on the same team hasn’t worked out the way things have been planned.

Look for Jhonas Enroth to get the start in net tonight – strong indication that he will get the away game against Carolina – Lindy will save Ryan Miller for the home games and the matinee against Washington.

Look for the top line for the Buffalo Sabres to continue putting points up on the board; Thomas Vanek had five points in the first game, Pominville had four assists through two games, and Cody Hodgson has two goals on no shots so far this season.

It seems that the Carolina Hurricanes are struggling to play against the tougher teams in the shortened season.

We need a couple more guys to raise their games just five percent and it will make a huge difference.  But we’ve got to be a tougher team to play against. – Carolina Coach Kirk Muller.

The Buffalo Sabres have no problems playing a tough game – and if they are inserting Nathan Gerbe back into the lineup, that is one more offensive, harassing threat the Hurricanes will have to deal with.

My normal annual bet with a Hurricanes fan has been put on hiatus, she has been told by Caniacs that she can’t bet anymore, its not good for the team.  Despite not putting a wager on this years season series, she told me she was worried about Thursday nights game.  This is an odd statement from her – as normally she is planning a Jeff Skinner parade route every yar, regardless of how well her Canes are doing.

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