NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, November 28th (All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (5-15-5) at Buffalo Sabres (13-7-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to record consecutive wins for the first time in two weeks when they host the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at HSBC Arena.
Buffalo ended a four-game slide by notching a victory Friday afternoon in Philadelphia. The Sabres have earned their last two victories against the Flyers, as Buffalo went on its longest losing streak of the season following its last win on November 14 in Philly.
Tim Connolly was the hero for Buffalo on Friday as he scored two goals -- both in the third period -- and added two assists in the Sabres' 4-2 victory at Wachovia Center.
Drew Stafford added a goal and an assist for the Sabres. Paul Gaustad also scored, while Ryan Miller made 31 saves to improve to an impressive 13-4-2 this season.
"I got some fortunate bounces, and after that it's all about changing the flow of the game," Miller said. "It's crucial for us. We go home after back-to-back games feeling good about ourselves."
Sabres captain Craig Rivet left the game in the third period with a lower-body injury and the veteran defenseman is expected to miss tonight's contest. Forward Paul Gaustad also left the contest with an undisclosed injury and will likely sit out tonight as well.
Buffalo is 7-3-2 as the host this year, but has lost its last two tests at HSBC Arena.
The Hurricanes have dropped three straight games and are coming off Friday's crushing home defeat against Atlanta. Carolina led that contest 4-1 after two periods, but allowed the Thrashers to score five unanswered goals in the third to win the game, 6-4.
Rich Peverley registered the go-ahead goal in Atlanta's furious comeback win at RBC Center.
Erik Cole ended with a goal and a helper, while Stephane Yelle, Sergei Samsonov and Matt Cullen also scored for the Hurricanes. Manny Legace made 28 saves in defeat.
"We certainly had enough chances to make it 5,6,7,8 or whatever, but we didn't and there guy (Pavelec) made some huge saves on us," Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice said.
Carolina lost a club-record 14 straight games from October 10-November 13, but snapped that skid with wins in three of its next four contests before getting mired in the current three-game slide. The 'Canes are currently last in the NHL with 15 points just one year after making it all the way to the Eastern Conference finals.
The 'Canes are still the only team left in the NHL without a road win, as the club is 0-9-3 as the guest this season. It marks the longest road losing streak to open a season in franchise history.
The Hurricanes and Sabres split four meetings in 2008-09, but Buffalo has taken nine of the last 13 encounters between the clubs. Carolina has lost in seven of its last 10 trips to western New York.
11/28 10:47:28 ET