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Friday's games: Points to watch

What to watch for in tonight's slate of NHL games:

Hurricanes at Sabres, 7:30 p.m. ET

  • Reigning rookie of the year Jeff Skinner has one goal and four assists in his first four games this season.

  • Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward has a 1-2-0 record with a 3.35 goals-against average and .885 save percentage in three starts this season.

  • Tonight’s game will be the Sabres’ first back in North America. They won two games in Helsinki, Finland and Berlin, Germany.

  • Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is 2-0-0 with an 1.50 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his first two starts.

  • Sabres forward Thomas Vanek has two goals and three assists in two games.

Sharks at Ducks, 10 p.m. ET

  • The Sharks and Ducks split their six meetings last season.

  • Sharks forward Joe Pavelski had two goals in the team’s season-opening win against the Coyotes. It was his 14th career multi-goal game.

  • Tonight’s game will be Anaheim’s first back in North America. They split two games in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Reigning Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry had five goals and six assists in six games against the Sharks last season.

  • The Ducks are 0-for-11 on the power play so far this season.