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Thursday, January 24th (All times Eastern)

Buffalo Sabres (2-0-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Buffalo Sabres will aim for a 3-0 start to the shortened season when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday in the opener of a home-and-home series.

Buffalo began the year on Sunday with a 5-2 home win over Philadelphia and then posted a thrilling victory the following night in Toronto. The Sabres withstood 35 shots from the Maple Leafs and held on for a 2-1 win at Air Canada Centre.

Ryan Miller came just 1:42 away from a shutout and posted 34 saves for the victory. Cody Hodgson and Jason Pominville each lit the net for Buffalo, which won despite only mustering 20 shots on net.

"We needed to start strong tonight and that's what we got," said Miller. "I haven't had a whole lot of luck here in this building so it was nice to get the win tonight."

The Sabres haven't won three in a row to begin a season since going 4-0 in 2008-09.

Buffalo has played the first two games of the season without forward Ville Leino, who is questionable for Thursday's tilt with a lower-body injury. Leino had a disappointing first season with the Sabres in 2011-12, posting just 25 points in 71 games after signing a six-year, $27 million with the Sabres.

While Buffalo has begun the season with two straight wins, the Hurricanes will try to get their first victory on Thursday.

The opening two contests have been a disaster for Carolina, as the club has been outscored by Florida and Tampa Bay by a combined 9-2 margin.

The latest setback came in Tuesday's 4-1 home loss to the Lightning, which took control of the game with first-period goals from Tom Pyatt and Cory Conacher.

Jeff Skinner provided the lone offense for the Hurricanes, while Cam Ward allowed all four scores on 26 shots in defeat.

"We were a better team tonight than we were the other night," said Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller. "But we're 0-2 to start the year and we need to be tougher in the defensive end and more productive on offense."

Carolina began the season 0-2-1 in 2011-12 en route to its third straight year out of the playoffs.

Buffalo has won three of the last five games in this series and Carolina has dropped four of its previous seven home tests against the Sabres.

These teams will complete the home-and-home Friday night in Buffalo.

01/24 10:51:43 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
1st
MVSU 11
NCCU 23
 
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UNCW
ECU
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CAR
NYR
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CHA
UTA
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WVU
NCSU
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NYK 90
PHO 99
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POR
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ATL
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2nd
COLST 10
UTAH 21
 
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SALABAMA
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GEOR 81
CHAR 78
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WKENT 67
LOU 76
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MICH 51
SMU 62
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CIN 47
VCU 68
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BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
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AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
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UNC 82
OSU 74
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IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
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VT 64
CITA 61
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DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
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FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
 
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
 
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
2nd
BUT 73
IND 78
 
2nd
STEPH 78
ARTCH 44
 
2nd
OREG 61
DELST 44
 
2nd
Terriers 43
FATL 42
 
2nd
TXARL 68
HPYN 41
 
2nd
KU 75
LAF 57
 
2nd
ARKST 47
MARS 44
 
2nd
MEM 52
ORU 42
 
2nd
KNST 49
UMBC 56
 
2nd
NW 45
WMICH 40
 
2nd
MIZST 43
EMICH 55
 
2nd
CHIST 43
STJOE 29
 
Half
KENT 41
UCLA 7
 
1st
COC 16
DAVID 29
 
1st
RIU 23
DET 20
 
1st
UCR 17
HOUB 13
 
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MURST 2
ILLST 2
 
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NWST 24
LALAF 25
 
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WAGN 16
MON 18
 
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MVSU 11
NCCU 23
 
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PITT 15
OU 22
 
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TENNM 22
PBY 15
 
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WYO 15
SOUTH 13
 
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AFA 15
UCD 19
 
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MSST 13
USCU 17
 
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BYU
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ARI 0
 
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CLB
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BUF
COL
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