In-Game Notes: 9/19 vs. CAR

Pre-game
*The Sabres have won their last five preseason home games, with their last loss coming on Sept. 17, 2009, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals. In those five wins, the Sabres outscored their opponents, 21-9.

*The Sabres are 4-4-1 all-time in preseason contests against the Hurricanes/Whalers; 2-1-0 at home.

*Buffalo opened the 2011 preseason exactly two years ago today with a 3-1 home victory over Carolina, marking the last preseason meeting between the teams.

*The Sabres and Hurricanes will face off three times in 2013-14, including two January matchups at First Niagara Center.

After 1st period: CAR 1 – BUF 0
*Cody Hodgson led all Sabres skaters with a TOI of 7:28 in the first period.

*Former Sabres defenseman Andrej Sekera led all skaters on either team with a TOI of 8:50.

*Ryan Miller made 18 saves on 19 shots in the first period; he has now stopped 33 of 35 shots in 51:15 during the preseason (.943 SV%, 2.31 GAA).

*Buffalo is 1-0-0 this preseason when trailing after the first period; Carolina is 0-0-0 when leading after one.

*The Hurricanes are 0-0-0 when scoring first; the Sabres are 1-0-0 when allowing the first goal.

After 2nd period: CAR 2 – BUF 2
*Joel Armia scored his first career goal as a member of the Sabres at 10:39 of the second period; Johan Larsson scored his at 18:36.

*Five of Buffalo’s nine preseason goals have been scored by rookies (Girgensons-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, Larsson-1).

*After two periods, defenseman Nikita Zadorov leads all Sabres with a TOI of 15:40.

*Buffalo is 1-0-0 this preseason when tied after the second period; Carolina is 0-0-0 when tied after two.

Final: CAR 2 – BUF 5
*SCORING CHANGE: Buffalo’s fourth goal has been awarded to John Larsson*

*With Johan Larsson’s two-goal night, the Sabres have now had a two-goal scorer in each of their first three preseason games (Girgensons, Foligno).

*Larsson finished 12-for-17 in the faceoff circle.

*Ryan Miller has a .944 save percentage and 1.32 goals against average through 91 minutes in two preseason games.

*The Sabres have gotten seven goals from rookies during the preseason (Girgensons-2, Larsson-2, Armia-1, Grigorenko-1, McNabb-1), more than any other team in the league.

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