Sabres face the Hurricanes on 5-game slide
Buffalo, New York; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Buffalo aims to stop its five-game skid when the Sabres play Carolina.
The Sabres are 5-5-1 in Eastern Conference games. Buffalo has allowed 11 power-play goals, killing 77.1% of opponent chances.
The Hurricanes are 7-5-1 in conference matchups. Carolina ranks eighth in the league recording 9.1 points per game, averaging 3.3 goals and 5.7 assists.
The teams square off Thursday for the first time this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Hurricanes: 4-5-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 5.7 assists, 3.8 penalties and 8.5 penalty minutes while allowing 2.9 goals per game with a .894 save percentage.
Sabres: 4-5-1, averaging 2.3 goals, 4.3 assists, 2.9 penalties and 5.8 penalty minutes while giving up 2.9 goals per game with a .916 save percentage.
Sabres Injuries: Vladimir Sobotka: day to day (lower body).
Hurricanes Injuries: Erik Haula: day to day (lower-body).