Weather Postponement Comes At Bad Time For Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes
The Buffalo Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricanes game scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to a blizzard in the Buffalo area. Near zero temperatures, combined with heavy wind and snow, caused most of the major roadways around Buffalo to be closed and prevented both clubs from participating in their morning skates.
Buffalo is currently the worst team in the NHL with a record of 12-26-4 for 28 points — they are seven points behind the nearest Eastern Conference club. Despite that record, the Sabres have been playing good hockey at home, recording at least a point in each of their last seven games at the First Niagara Center.
The biggest issue that Buffalo has faced this season is their lack of offense. In their 42 games played this season, the team has registered 74 goals or an average of 1.76 per game, which is a full goal per game under the league average of 2.77 per game. They have played in 31 games where they’ve scored two or fewer goals, which just will not cut it in the NHL.
Buffalo’s leading scorer, Cody Hodgson, has been out since Dec. 19 with a finger injury and is close to returning. Even with Hodgson missing the seven games that he has, he still leads the team with 19 points. By comparison, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has 19 points in his last 11 games and 27 points since the beginning of December.
The Hurricanes are currently riding a four-game winning streak, with each of those games being decided by one goal. They are tied with the New York Rangers for fourth in the Metropolitan Division, just one point out of second place and a playoff spot.
The postponement will be a little rougher on the Hurricanes, as they were getting ready to start a very favorable five game stretch over their season with games at Buffalo and Columbu Blue Jackets, as well as home games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers. A team spokesman said that the team will stay in Buffalo on Tuesday night and will travel back to Raleigh on Wednesday, which could be easier said than done with more snow and wind in the forecast.
Their has been no makeup date scheduled for this game and looking ahead at the schedules for both clubs, it is going to be very difficult to find a replacement date for this game. One possibility could be on Feb. 25, only two days after the Olympic Gold Medal, as Buffalo’s first few games after the break are at home and Carolina would still get a travel day before their first game against the Dallas Stars on the Jan. 27.