NOTES: The game was the first at First Niagara Center for Hurricanes D Andrej Sekera (trade) and C Nathan Gerbe (buyout) since both left Buffalo this summer. ... Carolina entered the game 7-1-2 in its last 10 meetings with Buffalo. ... The Hurricanes won 3-2 on Wednesday night in Philadelphia and are in the midst of five games in seven days. ... Buffalo's 23 shots through two periods were more than their total in 14 games this season. ... The Sabres completed a three-game homestand on Thursday. Four of their next five games are on the road.