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Wednesday, October 24th (All times eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (3-4-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (5-1-3), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will try to get back on the winning track this evening, when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

The Sabres, last year's Presidents' Trophy winners, are off to a 3-4-0 start to the season and have dropped their last two games. Buffalo is now in danger of losing three straight contests for the first time since March 7-13 of last season.

Buffalo was last in action Saturday evening against the Montreal Canadiens and the Habs posted a 4-2 triumph on their home ice. Roman Hamrlik got credit for the game-winning tally and also had two assists, as the Canadiens doubled up the Sabres at the Bell Centre.

Paul Gaustad and Derek Roy each scored for Buffalo, while Ryan Miller stopped 23-of-26 shots in the loss.

Buffalo could have defenseman Jaroslav Spacek back tonight. Spacek, who has four goals and two assists on the year, has missed the team's last two games with a shoulder injury.

The Sabres are playing the third test of a five-game road trip tonight and will try again for their first win as the visiting team this season. Buffalo, which is 0-2-0 on the road this year, also has stops at Florida, Tampa Bay and Boston in this current swing.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes will continue a three-game homestand tonight after posting a win over Vancouver in the opener of the set on Monday. Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist to lead Carolina to the 3-1 victory over the Canucks.

Cory Stillman and Chad LaRose also scored while Cam Ward finished with 19 saves for the Hurricanes, who avoided losing their third straight game.

Rod Brind'Amour posted two assists in the victory and now has registered a point in six straight games. Brind'Amour, Carolina's captain, leads the team with 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) this season.

Carolina is 5-1-3 overall this season and 2-0-1 on its home ice. The Hurricanes will complete their residency Friday evening against Montreal and will then play their next two games on the road.

The Sabres have won five in a row and nine of the last 13 meetings with the Hurricanes. Buffalo has also been victorious in three straight and four of its last five trips to Raleigh.

10/24 10:39:59 ET


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