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BUFFALO New York Rangers Hats Authentic , N.Y. (AP) Upon passing a physical and signing his three-year NHL contract, Casey Mittelstadt’s first order of business as a member of the Buffalo Sabres proved to be a perk on Tuesday.The 19-year-old was invited out for lunch with Sabres star Jack Eichel.”It’s definitely something pretty cool for a kid like me,” Mittelstadt said. ”It’s good to know he’s excited I’m here and he’s interested in getting to know me.”If the 21-year-old Eichel is the undisputed face of the Sabres, Mittelstadt is being counted upon to be a valuable addition in the struggling franchise’s bid to rebuild with youth. He was selected with the No. 8 pick in the draft last year, and signed with Buffalo a little more than a week after the playmaking center completed his freshman season at the University of Minnesota.Mittelstadt is scheduled to join the Sabres for practice on Wednesday and expected to make his NHL debut the following day, when Buffalo hosts the Detroit Red Wings in a game between two teams already eliminated from playoff contention.The Sabres have six games left, and are in jeopardy of finishing last in the overall standings for the third time in five years.Mittelstadt was mostly unfamiliar with the Sabres’ past woes while growing up a Wild fan in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.Over the past year, he’s become more familiar with the focus being placed on the team’s youngsters to restore winning to a team that’s not made the playoffs in seven years.”I think I can feel the struggle a little bit Custom New York Rangers Jerseys ,” Mittelstadt said. ”And obviously, there’s a big emphasis being put on the young guys to turn it around here.”Mittelstadt had 11 goals and 19 assists in 34 games and was selected to the Big Ten all-freshmen team this year.The Golden Gophers’ season ended last week, when they were on the wrong end of numerous scenarios in being eliminated from competing in the NCAA Tournament.Mittelstadt took a few days to weigh his options before electing to turn pro last weekend. He said Minnesota coach Don Lucia’s decision to step down after 19 seasons had little influence on his decision.”I wanted to make sure the decision I came to that I’m both feet in,” he said. ”And it came up over and over again that both my feet were into go pro.”Buffalo has become a familiar setting for Mittelstadt. He attended the NHL pre-draft rookie combine in the city last spring.He made yet a bigger splash in representing the bronze-medal-winning United States team at the World Junior hockey championship, which was held in Buffalo three months ago. Mittelstadt was selected as the 10-nation tournament’s MVP after finishing tied for first in scoring with 11 points (four goals, seven assists).The inkling of one day playing for the Sabres in the same arena briefly crossed Mittelstadt’s mind during the world juniors, though he was more focused on representing the U.S. and returning to Minnesota.”Obviously, things didn’t turn out the way we wanted them to this year,” Mittelstadt said of the Gophers’ season ending.”But when the time came and I had some time to sit down and think and talk with my family www.officialsenators.com , I think this was the right decision.”By adding Mittelstadt, the Sabres demoted forward Justin Bailey to Rochester.— RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters wants his team to see the big picture and not just focus on the playoff standings.Brock McGinn scored twice to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Jeff Skinner also scored, Elias Lindholm had two assists and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to help Carolina remain one point ahead of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.”I’d rather be playing well and not care if I’m in by one or out by two,” Peters said. ”I’d rather be playing well and building toward something. That’s what we’re doing.”McGinn tied the score with just over three minutes left in the first period and gave the Hurricanes the lead 35 seconds into the third. Skinner capped the scoring with 6:43 left as Carolina, seeking its first playoff appearance since 2009, won its second straight after a three-game skid.”It was definitely a big win for us, coming off of a couple of losses,” McGinn said. ”We just want to build on it going forward.”Ward said it’s difficult to not keep up with the other teams in the wild-card race and in the Metropolitan Division.”Every day Ottawa Senators T-Shirts Authentic , everybody is looking at the standings,” Ward said. ”You’ve got to take care of business right now. You can’t wait until you’ve got 10 games left.”Tyson Barrie scored for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov finished with 32 saves.The Avalanche, playing without leading scorer Nathan MacKinnon for a fifth straight game due to a shoulder injury, fell four points behind Minnesota for the second wild card in the West.Ward made six saves on the penalty kill in the second period after right wing Teuvo Teravainen took two penalties, about 4 minutes apart. The second, for high-sticking, drew blood on Colorado center J.T. Compher and gave the Avalanche a 4-minute power play.The Avs, who entered the game with the NHL’s worst power-play unit on the road, couldn’t convert with the extended opportunity.McGinn’s second goal looked a lot like his first with Lindholm Ottawa Senators Hoodies Authentic , who was behind the net, setting him up in the slot.Colorado struck first with a goal by Barrie with 3:09 left in the first. Mikko Rantanen set it up with a takeway behind the Hurricanes’ net and then found Barrie in the slot, and the defenseman beat Ward high.The Hurricanes evened it up 18 seconds later when McGinn beat Varlamov with a quick wrist shot.There are 26 games left for Carolina. As Peters pointed out, that’s a lot of hockey, but if Carolina can play the way it has the past couple of games, it might have a chance to end its long playoff drought.”We have to do it right each and every night,” Peters said. ”We know how to play and when we’re committed to doing it the right way, we get positive results.”UP NEXTAvalanche: At Buffalo on Sunday for their third game in four days.Hurricanes: Host Los Angeles on Tuesday to close out an eight-game homestand.

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