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Friday, November 21st (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (5-8-6-0) at Buffalo Sabres (8-8-2-1), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes attempt to cure their road woes tonight when they visit the Buffalo Sabres at HSBC Arena.

Carolina is a meager 1-5-3 away from Raleigh, including four consecutive losses. Overall, the Canes are winless in three straight (0-2-1) and 1-3-2 in their last six.

On Thursday, Paul Maurice's club dropped a 6-1 contest in Ottawa, as the Senators broke open a 1-1 tilt with five goals in the second period. The Sens outshot the Canes by a 17-4 margin in the dominating frame.

Radim Vrbata tallied the lone goal for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Weekes allowed all six scores on 20 shots before yielding to backup Jamie Storr. Storr stopped all three shots he faced in the third period and will likely receive the start tonight.

Rookie Eric Staal, the second-overall selection in the 2003 Entry Draft, picked up an assist on Vrbata's marker. He is tied for the league helper lead among rookies with Pittsburgh's Konstantin Koltsov (8).

Carolina will host Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Buffalo, meanwhile, is 1-2-1-1 in the last five games, including Wednesday's 4-1 loss at New Jersey. Buffalo had little luck against Martin Brodeur, as the reigning Vezina winner made 21 saves to back the Devils win.

Daniel Briere scored the only goal for Buffalo, which has won just twice in its last eight (2-3-2-1). Martin Biron started in net for the Sabres, but was pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots.

Briere tallied his fifth goal of the season and is tied with Chris Drury for the team lead at 13 points. Briere has already scored four markers in the month of November.

The Sabres, 3-3-1-1 on home ice, will visit Tampa Bay on Saturday to kick off a Florida road trip.

Buffalo and Carolina split four games last season, but the Sabres are 5-3-1 in the last nine meetings. The Canes, however, have won in two of their last three trips to HSBC Arena.

11/21 10:46:46 ET


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