Buffalo Sabres at Carolina Hurricanes preview: Battle for the basement
Quite possibly the two worst teams in the league face off tonight on national television. The battle for the basement begins tonight!
Buffalo Sabres (0-3-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0)
Puck Drop: 7:30 pm EST | PNC Arena | Raleigh, NC
TV: NBCSN | Radio: WGR 550
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1. How will the defensive pairs look tonight?
The Sabres defense has been mostly awful - Tyler Myers and Josh Gorges notwithstanding - and Ted Nolan will likely be shuffling things around tonight. Andrej Meszaros, Andre Benoit, and Mike Weber are all candidates to take a seat for Tyson Strachan or Nikita Zadorov.
2. Will anyone other than Tyler Ennis or Zemgus Girgensons score?
Through three games the Sabres have just four goals, and all from two of their top forwards. Matt Moulson, Drew Stafford, Brian Gionta, and the rest of the team need to step up to give Buffalo a chance to win, because so far they haven't proven they can stop anyone for more than two periods.
3. Who will take the early lead in the battle for the basement?
Whether you're behind the tank or not, you have to admit that the Sabres have looked positively awful so far this season. Carolina won't be any better this year, so the games between these two bottom-dwellers will be important in determining the 30th place team this year - the team which guarantees itself one of the top two draft picks next year.