September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Justin Faulk (27) and Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson (19) chase after the puck at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #50 At Buffalo Sabres

Andrej Sekera and Nathan Gerbe will finally make their returns to Buffalo, while the Carolina Hurricanes (21-19-9) will see Jamie McBain for the first time this season as the Hurricanes travel to take on the Buffalo Sabres (13-28-7) tonight at 7 ET. The game will be televised on SportsSouth and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

This is the first meeting between the two teams after the first scheduled game was postponed until February.

Hurricanes’ Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Patrick Dwyer
Jeff Skinner – Elias Lindholm – Tuomo Ruutu
Manny Malhotra – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek
Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters
Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Drayson Bowman (Injured). Ryan Murphy and Brett Bellemore (Healthy).
Sabres’ Lineup
Steve Ott – Cody Hodgson – Linus Omark
Matt Moulson – Tyler Ennis – Drew Stafford
Marcus Foligno – Bryan Flynn – Zemgus Girgensons
Kevin Porter – Ville Leino – Matt Ellis
Christian Ehrhoff – Mike Weber
Tyler Myers – Henrik Tallinder
Brayden McNabb – Jamie McGinn
Jhonas Enroth
[Ryan Miller]
Possible Scratches: Cody McCormick, Matt D’Agostini (Injured).

Hurricanes’ Outlook: The team won a great game in Philadelphia last night, pulling out a win in the final six minutes as Jiri Tlusty scored his seventh of the season. Alexander Semin also scored from the first line, while Nathan Gerbe scored a highlight reel goal.

The Hurricanes will need that type of production from the first line and for the first time this season, the line looks as dominant as it did last season. Getting some secondary scoring from Gerbe, who has been quiet for a while now, is also important to the team’s success.

Anton Khudobin played last night, earning a win. Coach Kirk Muller has shown before he has no problem riding Khudobin, but with three games in four days, it may be smart to play Justin Peters against the lesser competition.

Patrick Dwyer left the game last night with an upper-body injury and did not return. Nothing further has been announced on the injury.

Sabres’ Outlook: It has not been a good year for the Sabres in any regard. The team sits at the bottom of the standings for the entire league and is currently on a four-game winless streak, losing two games in overtime.

Yesterday, the Sabres recalled Kevin Porter and Brayden McNabb from the AHL to make some changes and try to bring some life in the lineup.

One bright spot for Buffalo has been Ryan Miller, who has played at a Vezina-winning level, but the Canes will not see the netminder tonight as Jhonas Enroth will get the start.

Cody Hodgson leads the team with 24 points in 38 games.

The Sabres may be low in the standings, but the Hurricanes have shown that when they’re not on their game, any team can beat them. The team needs to go in with the right mindset in this one.

A recap will be posted after the game.

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