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Buffalo Sabres – Carolina Hurricanes: Fan Picks!

Mea culpa, Sabre Noise readers.

Sep 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres center Cody Hodgson (19) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk (27) fight for position in front of the net during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

In my previous fan picks post, I neglected to include reader JHizzle75 in the discussion of previous winners in our new competition here at Sabre Noise.

Not only had JHizzle already won once before, but has now struck a second time, meaning that three of us – JHizzle75, myself, and wolfdoctor – have won twice.

Of course, winning isn’t everything, as I am now going through all of the previous posts and compiling everyone’s total points score.  I would love to have that finished today so I can simply worry about adding current points from here on out, but the moral of the story is this: there’s lots of points up for grabs every night, so even if you’re not winning nightly bragging rights, you can still be at the top of the leaderboard.

Now: onto tonight’s showdown!

Tonight’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes is noteworthy because it will be the first game Nathan Gerbe plays against his former squad.  Gerbe is having a nice year with Carolina, having collected 22 points with the ‘Canes thus far.  The Sabres also get to meet up with ex-blueliner Andrej Sekera, who has 25 points on the season.  Of course, the ‘Canes are mired in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, but two points tonight could propel them all the way into 11th, and a possible three-way tie with Ottawa and New Jersey.

In other words, the ‘Canes are still fighting for their playoff lives, so they are very motivated to win this game tonight and build a little winning streak.

Meanwhile, the Sabres have lost four consecutive 4-3 games, and have Jhonas Enroth in goal tonight, who has only won one game so far this season.  Take those facts and make what you will of them!

Questions to consider:

1. As always, I open with the over/under, which I am setting at 5.5 tonight.  Will the team combine to score more, or less?  (4 pts.)

2. Pick four players, culled from either team: FOUR!  I’ll give you 10 points if one of your picks scores the game’s first goal, and 3 points for any player who scores a goal, period.  Note: there was some confusion the other night, due to my wording, so allow me to clarify.  It’s not 3 pts. per goal; it’s either 10 points if they score first, OR 3 pts. if they score, but didn’t score first.  I gave out 13 points to anyone who picked Drew Stafford the other night, because he scored first and then again later.  Tonight, he would only get 10 points, for scoring first.  Just so you know!

3.  Who wins, and what is the combined score?   +4 for picking the winner, and +5 for being closest to the combined score.

4. Tyler Ennis has seven points in seven games; Drew Stafford, four in his last two; and Christian Ehrhoff could become the 25th active defenseman to notch 300 points.  How many of these players pick up points?  +5 for picking the correct combination.  (No points are awarded for being close!)

Get your picks in . . .  now!

Topics: Buffalo Sabres

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  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    I’m going with the over. My four players are Gerbe, Skinner, Moulson, Myers. Carolina wins 4-2. Ennis and Stafford gets points only.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +3 for Skinner.

  • wolfdoctor

    Over. Scorers : Hodgson, Myers, Tlusty, Semin. 4-3 Sabres (combined score is 7). Stafford and Ehrhoff get points only.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Dammit, you’re the ONLY one who picked CoHo! Quick ten points for you!

      • wolfdoctor

        Hahaha. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    • JHizzle75

      Good call on Hodgson!

      • wolfdoctor

        Thanks.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Did the site delete my comment? Oh well – congrats on CoHo. +10.

      • wolfdoctor

        Thank you. Got lucky again.

    • Jes

      that’s it wolfie I’m copying your picks

      • wolfdoctor

        Then I’m doomed to failure. LOL

  • Darius

    Under. Scorers will be Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Villie Leino and John Scott! Sabres win 3-0. Ennis and Stafford get points

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Darius!!!!! You’re in the game, baby!

  • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

    NK77 from Belgium goes with the under, 2-1 Sabres win, scores by Ennis and Gerbe (so far)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +3 for Ennis, +5 for picking only Stafford and Ennis (not Ehrhoff) to score = 8

  • Dano

    1.) Over
    2.) Ennis, Stall, Semin and Moulson.
    3.) Buffalo wins, combined score of 6
    4.) Ennis and Stafford, not Ehrhoff.

    Time to Fly, seats are waiting :)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Stop rubbing it in! :)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +3 for Semin.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +4 for over, +3 for Ennis, +3 for Semin, +5 for picking Ennis and Stafford = 15

      • Dano

        Do I get the 5 for Ennis and Stafford? If so, I beat the 12 I scored last game with a total of 15 this time ;) . WolfDoctor took this one though with17 or something.

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          Yeah, he beat me and a few others I think by one!!!!

          • Dano

            That 10 points for the first goal is a killer. If someone guesses that, its tough to beat, almost makes everything else not as important.

          • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

            I’m on that – I’ll probably make more stuff worth more points. I like rewarding the first goal scorer with ten, because picking that isn’t easy, but the other totals should be higher to offset the luck factor a bit, you’re right.

          • Dano

            How about 1 more category? Hits for the first period? Most time on ice for a period? Something ANY player could conceivably do.

  • Kevin

    over, Scorers: Lindholm, Ennis, Ott, E. Stall ‘Canes win 6-2. Hodgson, Ehrhoff ,Girgensons and Myers get points

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +4 for over, and +3 for Ennis, + 4 for picking ‘Canes, +5 for combined score = 16

      • JHizzle75

        Combined score of 8 ?????

  • Caitlin Campbell

    1.Over
    2. Ennis, Myers, Gerbe and E. Stall
    3. Sabres fall 4-3
    4. Ennis and Stafford will have points but no Ehrhoff

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Comeback time, right? :)

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +4 for over, +3 for Ennis so far, +4 for picking Carolina, +5 for picking Ennis and Stafford to score points = 16

  • JHizzle75

    Thanks for your correction, Rich! Maybe you’re not such a bad guy after all. Lol
    1. Over
    2. Ott Ennis Gerbe E.Stall
    3. Buffalo wins …9 goals total
    4. All 3 get points
    Sabres win 7-2 ! Yes I’m sober!

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      I don’t believe that last part for a second!!!!

      • JHizzle75

        Ha ha I’m still at work. They kinda frown upon drinking on the job. Lol

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +4 for over, +3 for Ennis

  • Jes

    Sabres win 4-2

    1. I’m goin with the over.

    2. Carolina – Semin, Gerbe & Staal
    Buffalo – Stafford (I know I picked Buff to win but hey just incase I’m wrong go with Carolina scorers lol)

    3. 4-2 Sabres. 6 goals in total scored tonight.

    4. Stafford and Ennis get points tonight.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      +4 for over, +3 for Semin, +5 for picking Ennis and Stafford to get points = 12 points.