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Five Things to Know as Sabres host Carolina Hurricanes

Sabres fans will take part in Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday. As for the hockey game, fans have to be hoping the team at least shows up.

Here are five things to know as Buffalo hosts Carolina at 7 p.m. in KeyBank Center.

1. Sabres are winless in last four

The season continued to slide with a 3-1 loss in Detroit on Friday. Buffalo had just 10 shots through two periods.

Buffalo is 0-2-2 in the last four and 2-5-2 in the last nine. The team is last in the Eastern Conference at 5-10-4 and ahead of only hapless Arizona (3-15-3) in the entire NHL.

"It's part of finding the identity," goaltender Chad Johnson said after a Saturday morning meeting. "There will be ups and downs. We're focused on tonight and just preparing for tonight. It's all you can really do."

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2. Buffalo can't score

The Sabres have scored one goal in six of their 19 games. They've dropped to last in the league at 2.37 goals per game.

Buffalo had only 37 shots attempts against the Red Wings, with 20 finding the net.

"When we've been put in this position before, we've had a great response," coach Phil Housley said. "You look at last night's game — it didn't sit well with me. I don't think it sat well with them, so hopefully we can come out and have a strong first period and respond in the right way."

3. Carolina improving

The Hurricanes are last in the Metropolitan Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference at 7-6-4, but they have points in five of their last six games. Carolina is 3-1-2 in the last half-dozen, scoring 19 goals.

Johnson is expected to start against the Hurricanes. He is 7-1 with a .930 save percentage in eight meetings. He is 1-3-2 this season with a .885 save percentage.

Scott Darling is expected to start in net for Carolina. He is 5-4-4 with a .905 save percentage.

4. Back in the dressing room

The Sabres' injury carousel has forced the emptying and filling of locker stalls. Forward Jacob Josefson and defenseman Zach Bogosian, who both have lower-body injuries, have their equipment in the dressing room again.

It means they're getting closer, but they're not that close.

"They're still week-to-week right now," Housley said. "They've been skating, and they've made really good strides in that area. But we're just being cautious."

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5. Hockey Fights Cancer

November marks the arrival of the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer initiative, and the Sabres will honor the occasion against the Hurricanes.

The players will wear purple jerseys during warmups, and those jerseys will be auctioned off. All fans will receive a Hockey Fights Cancer-themed scarf on their seat. Autographed hats will be for sale for $20 in the concourse.

"Everybody in this world has somebody that's been affected, unfortunately, by it," Johnson said. "It's definitely that type of month to really reflect and bring awareness to it."

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