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Sabres at Hurricanes preview: Battle for the bottom

In a game where winning and losing might be the same thing, the Sabres take on the Hurricanes looking to snap their long losing streak.

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Game #42

Buffalo Sabres (14-24-3) at
Carolina Hurricanes (12-24-4)

Puck Drop: 7:00 pm EST | PNC Center | Raleigh, NC
TV: MSG, Bell | Radio: WGR 550
SB Nation Hurricanes Blog: Canes Country

Three Questions

1. Will the Sabres finally give a strong first period effort?

Over their past few games, the Sabres have been essentially out of the game after the first 20 minutes thanks to poor play, too many penalties, and average goaltending. Carolina is one of the worst teams in the league, so if the Sabres find themselves down 2-0 after the first yet again, that would be exceptionally demoralizing.

2. Will either team score more than two goals?

The two lowest scoring teams in the league face off tonight, and goals will likely be at a premium. Will either team make it to three? The excitement is palpable.

3. Will Zemgus Girgensons' new rap anthem motivate him to new heights of greatness?

If you haven't heard this yet, just listen. It's amazing.

Projected BUF lines

Moulson - Girgensons - Ennis
Stewart - Varone - Flynn
Hodgson - Grigorenko - Deslauriers
McCormick - Schaller - Kaleta

Gorges - Myers
Ristolainen - Zadorov
Weber - Strachan

Goal: Jhonas Enroth