GAME: Carolina Hurricanes (10-13-8-2) at Buffalo Sabres (12-18-3-1).
TIME: Friday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Buffalo Sabres hope to be turning the corner on their recent slump as
they face the Carolina Hurricanes at the HSBC Center.
The Sabres avoided an eighth straight loss and breaking a franchise record
with a 2-2 tie to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.
Their seven-game losing skid tied for the longest in Buffalo's history. The
Sabres were outscored 26-11 in that span.
Despite losing a two-goal lead Tuesday, Buffalo persevered for its first
point since a 3-2 win in Chicago on Dec. 3.
"We didn't quit," said Sabres forward J.P. Dumont, who scored his
team-leading 11th goal. "We got a good effort from everyone. We're going to
win some games if we play like that. It was a big point for us."
Rookie Derek Roy, playing just the fourth game of his career, scored his
first NHL goal for Buffalo.
"We have to tighten our system and tighten up our game," said the 5-foot-9
Roy. "But we worked hard and it's encouraging."
Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff also found the performance of the team promising.
"We had a real good effort out of a lot of different guys," he said.
"It's tough to have a two-goal lead and not win, but from an effort
standpoint, you can see that we won't be out of it."
The Sabres snapped a five-game losing streak at home, but still struggled
with the man advantage. They went 0-for-4 on the power play and have gone
7-for-88 (8 percent) since Nov. 1.
Buffalo center Chris Drury missed a second straight game with a separated
shoulder and is not expected to return for this contest.
Carolina had won back-to-back games for the first time in six weeks before
losing 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Kevin Weekes made 24 saves and Jeff O'Neill scored the lone goal for the
Hurricanes, who could not capitalize on the power play for the sixth straight
"We just need to keep working on it," said Carolina coach Peter
Laviolette. "That's all you can do. There are things I know we can do better
on it. We haven't had a whole lot of time to work on it. That's no excuse
either. Usually, when you look at hockey games, the team that wins specialty
teams, wins the game."