The Sabres are looking to get back in the win column after a disappointing performance against New Jersey on Wednesday.
The First Niagara Center has not been kind to the Sabres, who have posted a 4-5 record there. However, they are 6-2 on the road and tonight, they will be in Carolina.
The Hurricanes already defeated Buffalo once this season, spoiling the Sabres’ home opener thanks to a power play goal from Jeff Skinner. This is the 2nd of four meetings.
If the Sabres intent on winning this game, the offense needs to play a part in it. You could say that for any game, but Carolina has allowed 67 goals this season, which is 2nd worst in the league, and that is something the Sabres need to take advantage of.
The Hurricanes are coming off of a 4-0 loss in Montreal against the Canadiens, but play seven of the next nine games on home ice.
T.J. Brennan has been called up for Buffalo, and will help fill the spot of Mike Weber, who is out with an upper-body injury.
Jochen Hecht and Tyler Ennis are still both out with injuries, but Lindy Ruff said that one of them could return this weekend.
With Nashville’s 4-1 victory over Toronto on Thursday night, the Sabres remain atop the Northeast Division and 2nd in the Eastern Conference.
Tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m. After this game, the Sabres will head home to host the only meeting of the season against the Phoenix Coyotes.