Series (Game 2 of 4)

Buffalo leads 4-0

Game 1: Wednesday, October 4th
Game 2: Friday, October 20th
Game 3: Monday, November 13th
Game 4: Thursday, December 28th

Hurricanes 4

(3-4-1, 7 pts)

Sabres 5

(7-0-0, 14 pts)

8:00 PM ET, October 20, 2006

First Niagara Center, Buffalo, New York

1 2 3 T
CAR 1 2 14
BUF 1 2 25

M. Afinogenov (Sabres - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

T. Vanek (Sabres - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

J. Spacek (Sabres - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Carolina (3-3-1) at Buffalo (6-0-0) 8:00 pm EDT

Carolina (3-3-1) at Buffalo (6-0-0) 8:00 pm EDT

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - One could not blame the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres for being a little tired of each other.

After a physical seven-game series in last spring's Eastern Conference Finals, the two squared off on opening night October 4, with Buffalo taking a 3-2 shootout victory as Daniel Briere scored the lone shootout goal.

The two clubs meet again for the second time on Friday.

The Sabres and Minnesota Wild are the only remaining undefeated clubs in the league. Buffalo pounded the Philadelphia Flyers, 9-1, on Tuesday. Thomas Vanek led the assault with two goals and two assists while Maxim Afinogenov added a goal and four assists. Chris Drury scored his seventh goal and has points in six straight games.

Buffalo has outscored its last two opponents, 16-5.

After a shaky start, the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes have rebounded nicely with three straight wins while outscoring the opposition, 14-5.

Carolina whipped the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-1, in its latest triumph on Monday. Justin Williams led the way with a hat trick and an assist while Rod Brind'Amour added a goal and two assists.

The Hurricanes have struggled on the power play (7-for-44, 15.9 percent), while the Sabres have been decent with the extra skater (8-for-37, 21.6 percent).

Carolina's game against Buffalo is the sixth of a seven-game road trip.