The Hurricanes are winless at RBC Center since a 3-2 victory
over the New York Rangers on January 8 (0-3-1-0). They have
lost three of their last four overall and are 2-5-1-0 in their
Carolina lost to the New York Islanders, 3-2, Friday as
Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette faced his old team for the
first time. Laviolette was fired from the Islanders in June,
but replaced Paul Maurice behind Carolina's bench on December
The Hurricanes are 8-10-1-0 with Laviolette at the helm.
Defenseman Sean Hill had a goal and an assist for Carolina,
while captain Ron Francis became the third player in NHL history
to play 1,700 games. Gordie Howe (1,767) and Mark Messier
(1,727) are the others. Francis is one goal shy of Maurice
Richard (544) for 20th on the all-time goal-scoring list.
Buffalo is 1-3-0 on a five-game road trip that ends Sunday. It
has scored only seven goals on the journey.
The Sabres have only one win in their last eight road games and
fell to 8-16-2-0 away from home Saturday with a 2-1 loss to the
Philadelphia Flyers. Ales Kotalik scored the lone goal for
Buffalo, which has just one winning road trip this season.
Carolina is 1-2-0 in the season series after a 2-1 win over
Buffalo on December 20. Francis and Bret Hedican each scored.