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GDT: Canes @ Slugs, 14 Nov 19

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Thursday, 14 November, 2019  7 pm EST  Buffalo, NY

 

Not your Buffalo team that we've beaten the past 10 times...these guys are legit...albeit just above-average legit vs. their usual dumpster fire.  But their blue line is better than years past...and their scorers of Eichel, Skinner, Oloffson, and Reinhart are routinely clicking.  This one should come down to goaltending...

 

...and, of course, they foolishly traded us this guy:
Image result for clifford pu

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Just in terms of flow and past records, this one is interesting. 

 

Buffalo is now a bit desperate. They have lost their last 5 games, getting one OT point 5 games ago. How can they not be thinking, "Uh oh, here we go again." They have gone from tops to out of a playoff spot. This will be a team very hungry for a win. They are 1-5-1 in their last 7. 

 

We are 3-4-0 in our last 7. But we have really been an up and down team lately. This makes it really hard to predict how we come out to play in this one. The reason, IMO is the blow out last game. It is not unusual for teams to get a little full of themselves after they blow a team out, and it does seem like this team is still trying to nail down a consistent identity this year. 

 

While Buffalo did drop their last 5 games they were two to a surging Tampa, then the white hot Islanders, Washington and newly good Arizona. 

 

This should be an interesting test because Buffalo has been facing the best teams and is going to be the more desperate team. The Canes could let down, BUT, they were also a team that needed that blow out because their confidence seemed to be flagging a bit. And confidence is big. We get Minnestota, and Chicago on the road, and Philly at home after this. So this one really could send us on another streak if we get it. 

 

Go get it!

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The Slugs season start seems to parallel last season, so lets go take advantage of that? Hopefully Haula is playing tonight and Martinook not far behind. Both are on the trip, are they not?

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It appears Haula will return to the lineup

projected lineup for the Hurricanes.

Forwards

Dzingel-Staal-Foegele
Svechnikov-Aho-Teravainen
Niederreiter-Wallmark-Necas
McGinn-Haula-Gibbons

Defense

Slavin-Hamilton
Edmundson-Pesce
Gardiner-Fleury

Goalies

Mrazek

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2 hours ago, OBXer said:

Gardiner-Fleury

Fleury has earned the consecutive start?! Wow! :) 

Seriously, glad he was rewarded for a good game vs. Sens - usually he is the lost cause over TVR

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4 hours ago, KJUNKANE said:

Oh Duncan, stay up. No sleepies!!!!

Going to need great goal tending tonight. Many slugs who have no problem lighting the lamp. Hoping the D has tight gaps and give Petr a lot of support.

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Glad Fleury gets in. Super glad Haula gets in. They have him slated for 4th line duty, but I'm thinking that will change if the knee feels good and he is going. 

 

Keep our best offensive guys on that Svech-Aho-TT line. Big things, expecting big things from them.

 

So ironic AWAC puts a picture of Pu up there since he's at least back to playing in our organization as of today? But is he on loan, or is he back? I'm not sure. Maybe it was just done for irony as we face Skinner and his boys again. Let's keep Skinner off the score sheet. 

 

This one feels like a decent test. This is not the Buffalo of the back half of last year. They are the very definition of desperate for a win. So don't let them have it. 

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6 minutes ago, remkin said:

So ironic AWAC puts a picture of Pu up there since he's at least back to playing in our organization as of today? But is he on loan, or is he back?

He what?

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13 minutes ago, MisterDobz said:

They should have kept that listerine guy up, I thought he played better than Nino or Staal...

Listerine was too fresh for Brindy. He wants salty.

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