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Bet on the NHL The Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricans Thursday night, January 13, 2011 at 7PM EST. The Hurricanes come into this game with the better record, at 21-15-6 compared to the Sabres’ 18-19-5. When placing your bets on the NHL remember that in their last 10 games the Canes went 6-2-2, Sabres 5-4-1. First of four meetings this season. The teams split their matchups on the 2009-10 slate, with Ryan Miller going 2-1-1 in net and Jochen Hecht leading all scorers with 4 goals for Buffalo. Eric Staal, Brandon Sutter and Sergei Samsonov recorded 2 goals apiece for Carolina. A pair of three-game winning streaks wrapped around two overtime defeats in which Carolina still picked up all-important points, and all of a sudden a playoff spot is well within sight. The Hurricanes will try to match their season high with a fourth straight win on in the game against the Sabres.

Sportsbook lists the Sabres as the home favorites with minus 1.5 point on the line and the total over under at 5.5.

The Hurricanes sit one place above Buffalo, and have a 7 point lead thus they are closer to making the playoffs and less concerned with Buffalo overtaking them. They have been on a serious roll lately, leaving nothing on the bench and bringing it all to the ice. They are only 3 points behind the Atlanta Thrashers in the playoff race.

In recent Sabres news, Thomas Vanek will be on the ice tonight, injury, ailment whatever, he is not letting it stop him from being there for his team. The Buffalo Sabres have not been on a run of longer than two games this year. In order to cut the gap between itself and the top eight, Buffalo needs to get on a run similar to what Carolina has put together. The Sabres brought a two-game winning streak into Tuesday night's home game against the Flyers and had an early two-goal lead, but surrendered the final five goals in a 5-2 defeat. Paul Gaustad and Cody McCormick scored in the first 10 minutes only to be outdone by former Buffalo sniper Danny Briere, who finished with a goal and 3 assists for Philadelphia.


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