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Friday, December 26th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (10-13-8-2) at Buffalo Sabres (12-18-3-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres try to halt an eight-game winless slide tonight when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to HSBC Arena.

Buffalo ended a team record-tying seven-game losing streak on Tuesday, but could only manage a tie against the visiting Ottawa Senators, who scored twice in a 29-second span late in the second period to force the stalemate.

Derek Roy and J.P. Dumont scored for Buffalo, which earned a point for the first time since a 3-2 victory over Chicago on December 3. Mika Noronen finished with 31 saves between the pipes.

Buffalo's power play continued to struggle on Monday, as it went 0-for-4. The Sabres have gone 7-for-88 -- 8 percent -- with the man advantage since November 1.

The Sabres, 0-5-1 in their last six at home, will visit Washington on Saturday.

Carolina, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak snapped in a 3-1 loss to Dallas on Monday. The defeat was the Canes' first under head coach Peter Laviolette, who replaced the fired Paul Maurice last week.

Jeff O'Neill tallied the lone goal for Carolina, which sits fourth in the Southeast Division with 30 points. Kevin Weekes turned aside 24 shots in net for the Hurricanes.

Carolina, which has lost four of its last six on the road, will begin a seven- game homestand Saturday against Montreal.

Buffalo defeated Carolina, 5-0, on November 21 and has won three of the last four meetings. The Hurricanes have lost in two of their last three trips to HSBC Arena.

12/26 10:17:04 ET


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