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After opening last season by winning a NHL-record 10 straight road games, a number of injuries have the Buffalo Sabres still seeking their first road win this season.

The Sabres look to avoid opening a season with four straight road losses for the first time in seven years when they continue their five-game road trip against the Florida Panthers on Friday.

Buffalo (3-5-0) is coming off a 6-2 loss to Carolina on Wednesday as it dropped its third straight game.

With the score tied at 2 after two periods on Wednesday, the Sabres fell apart in the final period. In Saturday's 4-2 loss to Montreal, Buffalo led 2-1 in the second before allowing three unanswered goals, including two in the third.

"We haven't reacted well in the tight games, and that's an area of concern," Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff said. "We haven't handled situations that have been tough situations very well as a team."

The Sabres also suffered two injuries in the loss to the Hurricanes, as center Paul Gaustad left in the second period after being clipped in the face with a stick and defenseman Dmitri Kalinin also left in the second with a knee strain.

Ruff said Kalinin will miss a "serious amount of time."

Buffalo has already been without Jaroslav Spacek, who has four goals in five games, since Oct. 15 due to a shoulder injury.

The injury-plagued Sabres have been outscored 13-6 in losing their three road games, and haven't opened a season with four consecutive road losses since 2000-01.

The Sabres opened last season with 10 straight road wins and didn't lose their fourth game away from Buffalo until Dec. 23.

They won three of four over the Panthers last season, splitting their two meetings on the road.

Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller stopped 37 shots on Wednesday, and is just 2-5-0 with a 3.32 goals-against average on the season. Miller went 1-1-0 and a 2.02 GAA against the Panthers last season, and is 2-3-0 with a 2.42 GAA lifetime against them.

Florida (4-5-0) defeated Philadelphia 4-3 on Wednesday to win its third straight home game.

Captain Olli Jokinen had his first two-goal game of the season Wednesday, setting franchise records with each score. Jokinen's first goal was his 355th point with the Panthers and his second was his 158th goal. Both records previously belonged to Scott Mellanby.

"It's nice, but in the big picture it's a team sport," Jokinen said. "The main thing is the team getting wins and we keep building, and for me there's no reason to look ahead or look back. I'm just going to keep going and get this team to win. At the end of the day, those points and goals don't mean anything if the team doesn't go in the playoffs."

Jokinen has four goals and four assists on the season, and had a goal and two assists in four games against the Sabres in 2006-07.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 20 shots against the Flyers, and is 4-1-0 with a 2.37 GAA and an assist since Oct. 11. Vokoun, who spent his last eight seasons with Nashville, has not faced the Sabres since 2003, and is 3-1-0 with one tie and a 1.75 GAA all-time against them.

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