Tracking the Storm

Sabres' Season on the Line

Thursday, 04.9.2009 / 11:27 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Sabres\' Season on the Line
As the Hurricanes look to set a new franchise record with their 10th consecutive win, they’ll be facing a Buffalo team that still has plenty to play for.

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In order to avoid elimination from the playoff race, Buffalo needs to leave the RBC Center with no fewer than two points. They were in a similar situation last night at Toronto, where a 3-1 victory over the Leafs kept their season alive.

“What they do is they bring some confidence in here now, and it’s not like there’s 10 games left for them,” said Coach Paul Maurice. “It’s almost makes it simpler for them to mentally get around it and really preparing themselves to be ready to play.”

In addition to a win, the Sabres will also need the New York Rangers to lose to Philadelphia in regulation tonight – a game the Hurricanes have a vested interest in as well, even though they will be cheering for the other team. Carolina needs the Flyers to lose at least once in order to have a chance at home-ice advantage in the first round.

If the Hurricanes win tonight, they will assure themselves of finishing no lower than fifth place.

Whew, got all that? Only four more days left of all these what-ifs, I promise.

Back to tonight’s game, the Hurricanes can extend their franchise-record home winning streak to 13. In his career-high 28th consecutive start, goaltender Cam Ward will look to extend his franchise single-season wins record to 40.

Joe Corvo, who is feeling better now after a brief illness, will re-enter the Hurricanes lineup in place of Frantisek Kaberle, who had two points in the 9-0 win over the New York Islanders on Tuesday.

Buffalo is 4-9-3 in the second half of back-to-back games this season.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72